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 Indigenous women are five times more likely to die under violent circumstances, as compared with their non-Indigenous counterparts. It also reported that Indigenous women report rates of violence 3.5 times higher than non-Indigenous 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: The 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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Missing & Murdered Finding Cleo, Episode 5: Afraid of the dark

As Connie shares some shocking news with Cleo's siblings, the truth about what happened to her remains just out of reach. Police may have answers but can't share them yet. It's time to visit the one person who's bound to know more.
  • 2018
  • 00:29:14
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/15/2018

Missing & Murdered Finding Cleo, Episode 6: Little Pine

A brief encounter with someone who knew Cleo perhaps better than anyone else just before her death reveals crucial details. Connecting new facts about her life leads the investigation to a world far from where Cleo died, back to Little Pine First Nation.
  • 2018
  • 00:49:13
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/15/2018

Missing & Murdered Finding Cleo, Episode 7: Lillian

Connie's chance meeting with the father who Cleo never knew is followed by new revelations about the Semaganis children's biological mother, Lillian. A picture begins to emerge about why her children were taken, and when she joined the fight to stop the adoption of more Indigenous children into white homes.
  • 2018
  • 00:31:44
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/15/2018

Missing & Murdered Finding Cleo, Episode 8: Salesperson of the year

Digging through archives in Saskatchewan, Connie makes a shocking discovery. As she investigates the controversial Adopt Indian Métis program which Cleo and her siblings were a part of, the man who started the program agrees to speak with her about its controversial origins and legacy.
  • 2018
  • 00:36:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/15/2018

Missing & Murdered Finding Cleo, Episode 9: Reunion

Christine travels to Pennsylvania for an emotional reunion with her brother, Johnny, who she hasn't seen since she was a baby. Determined to get more answers about the days and weeks leading up to her sister's death, Christine finally gets a copy of Cleo's death certificate. That and other documents begin to shed light on the truth she's been seeking ...
  • 2018
  • 00:53:26
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/15/2018

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

News in Review - April 2018 Missing, Murdered, Mishandled: Systemic Racism in Canada's Justice System?

Can Indigenous individuals receive fair treatment in Canada’s policing and courts system? Three high profile cases — the acquittal of the accused killers in the deaths of Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine, as well as the mishandled investigation into the death of Stacy DeBungee — have highlighted the harsh reality of our justice system when it comes to Indigenous people. The outcome ...
  • 2018
  • 00:17:58
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 04/19/2018

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  • NIR-18-04 - Missing, Murdered, Mishandled: Systemic Racism in Canada's Justice System?

The Current Public Forum on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

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