Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

The statistics on missing and murdered indigenous women are stark and staggering. A 2015 United Nations report found that young aboriginal women are five times more likely to die under violent circumstances, as compared with their non-aboriginal counterparts. It also reported that indigenous women report rates of violence 3.5 times higher than non-aboriginal women. Following the UN report’s recommendation, the Liberals announced the first phase of an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women in December 2015.

The videos in this collection present a snapshot of the situation and recount the stories of the families and communities affected by this national tragedy.

CBC News has probed 230 unsolved cases of Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women, confirming them through an exhaustive process that included checks with police, families, community leaders and other organizations. More than 110 families participated in interviews, recounting stories about their loved ones. They also described their experiences with the police. For more information, please visit the CBC interactive website Missing & Murdered: Unsolved cases of indigenous women and girls.

Warning: The videos in this collection contain strong language and mature content. Viewer discretion is advised.

  • 2016
  • 15-17
  • 10 Titles

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  • NIR-14-10 - Canada's Disgrace: Our Missing Aboriginal Women

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The National Amber Tuccaro's Unsolved Murder

CBC News' Connie Walker has uncovered significant details in Amber Tuccaro's unsolved murder. A crucial piece of evidence in the unsolved murder was released to the public by police — a voice from the last phone call Amber received just before she was killed nearly five years ago. The RCMP says this was the only time in Canadian history it ...
  • 2015
  • 00:08:36
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 12/14/2015

News in Review - October 2014 Canada's Disgrace: Our Missing Aboriginal Women

Over the past three decades, more than 1,100 Aboriginal women and girls have been murdered or gone missing in Canada. Despite countless studies, investigations and special committees, there are no clear solutions to this ongoing problem.
  • 2014
  • 00:14:23
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/07/2014

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The National Felicia Solomon's Story

As one family struggles to make their own peace with their daughter's tragic death, they are opening up to try to stop the violence against Aboriginal women. Felicia Solomon was 16 years old when she went missing. Her tragic death didn't end her story, though, because her family refuses to forget.
  • 2015
  • 00:19:46
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 12/10/2015

The Current Human Trafficking of Inuit Women and Girls

They don't even have a name for it in Inuktitut, but a new study says human trafficking of Inuit women and girls is an alarming trend that must be tackled. There are reports of families approached to sell babies, and Aboriginal youth between 11 and 14 lured with free trips south and then trafficked for sex. Anna Maria Tremonti hears ...
  • 2014
  • 00:22:39
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/13/2014

The National Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: Police Get a Failing Grade

Families of missing and murdered indigenous women have little respect for police investigations. CBC News probes 230 unsolved cases and interviews 110 families.
  • 2015
  • 00:03:52
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 12/14/2015

The Current Public Forum on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women New

This special edition of The Current is a public forum that was held at the Museum of History in Gatineau, Que. — the fifth in a series of forums on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG). Anna Maria Tremonti and panelists explore the work of the National Inquiry into MMIWG, leadership and reconciliation.
  • 2017
  • 02:05:27
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/18/2017

The National Stopping the Cycle of Violence in Indigenous Communities

This report follows Krista Shore and Lani Elliott, two Indigenous women who have survived great trauma. Now they're trying to make a difference for the next generation. Shore runs a support group in North Central Regina called the Circle of Courage, and Elliott shares her life lessons in classrooms.
  • 2015
  • 00:05:47
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/16/2016

The Current The inquiry itself is not the solution: Pam Palmater New

Pam Palmater, Mi'kmaw lawyer and professor, shares her insights on lessons learned from past inquiries at a public forum on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) hosted by CBC's The Current.
  • 2017
  • 00:00:54
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/13/2017