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

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

Missing & Murdered Finding Cleo, Episode 10: Cleo's letters

Even though it was supposed to have been destroyed in 1983, the police file documenting the investigation into Cleo's death still exists and it contains more detail than Christine ever imagined learning about the last days, hours and even minutes of Cleo's short life.
  • 2018
  • 00:54:57
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/15/2018

Missing & Murdered Finding Cleo, Episode 1: Stolen. Missing. Murdered.

Christine writes a gripping plea for help finding her eldest sister, Cleo. CBC journalist Connie Walker pays her a visit and finds the only proof of Cleo's existence is a single, faded, undated school photo. As they begin to piece her family's story together, Christine gets a phone call she's been waiting years for. In it, she receives a cryptic ...
  • 2018
  • 00:33:44
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2018

Missing & Murdered Finding Cleo, Episode 2: Eyes that haunted me

As new information emerges about where she was sent after she and her siblings were separated, Connie meets Cleo's other sister, April, and speaks with her parents about adopting Indigenous children during the Sixties Scoop. Unbeknownst to April all of these years, her own adoption records actually contain a key detail in the search for Cleo.
  • 2018
  • 00:40:38
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/15/2018

Missing & Murdered Finding Cleo, Episode 3: A little lie

Cleo's older brother Johnny is the only sibling who really remembers her, the way they were taken from their mother, and the promise he made Cleo on the last day he saw her alive. He vowed to find her and still longs to fulfill that pledge. A longtime resident of Pennsylvania since his own adoption decades ago, Connie visits him ...
  • 2018
  • 00:53:39
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/15/2018

Missing & Murdered Finding Cleo, Episode 4: The funeral home

The search for Cleo leads Connie to investigate a headstone belonging to a 13-year old girl who died in 1978. The cemetery is more than 20 hours away from Arkansas, where Cleo's family has long believed she was killed.
  • 2018
  • 00:40:30
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/15/2018