Saturday February 06, 2016

The Story She Carries: Lorelei Williams and her fight for justice

Lorelei Williams and Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett meet for the first time in Vancouver.

Lorelei Williams and Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett meet for the first time in Vancouver. (CBC/Andrew Friesen)

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Every day, Lorelei Williams tells her family's story. It's one of violence and sadness, yes, but also of hope, resilience, and determination. 

Her aunt, Belinda Williams, went missing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside 40 years ago. Williams also lost her young cousin, Tanya Holyk, who went missing in 1996 and was later named as one of Robert Pickton's victims.

Today, Williams has become one of Canada's most vocal advocates for missing and murdered Indigenous women. 

This week's DNTO, a special Doc Project documentary produced by Angela Sterritt, follows Williams on one of the most important days of her life – meeting with government officials and family members to help plan the national inquiry in to missing and murdered Indigenous women. 


The Story She Carries airs 3:00pm Saturday Feb. 6 on CBC Radio One. 


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