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.