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Taken: The Series

Focusing on solving the mysteries behind Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

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Taken is a series focusing on solving the mysteries behind Canada's missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Each episode shares their stories as told by loved ones, and follows the search for justice and the clues that link these stories. Watch back-to-back episodes on CBC Gem. 

"Tina has this face, sweet little baby face."

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4 years ago
0:49
Tina Fontaine's murder shone a spotlight on the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. It also sparked a nation-wide inquiry. 0:49

Tina Fontaine
Tina Fontaine was a 15-year-old girl whose body was pulled from the Red River in Winnipeg in August, 2014, sparking international attention, and shining a spotlight on the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
Interview subjects: Thelma Favel (great aunt), Sargent John O'Donovan (Winnipeg Police) Cindy Guimonde (guidance councillor), Nahanni Fontaine (Special Advisor on Aboriginal Women's Issues for the Indigenous Issues Committee of Cabinet for Manitoba), Mary Wilson (Spiritual Advisor) 

Highway of Tears: Ramona Wilson and Alberta Williams
Women have been assaulted, gone missing, and been murdered along British Columbia's Highway 16 for decades. Alberta Williams and Ramona Wilson are two women who disappeared close to the Highway of Tears.
Interview subjects: Claudia Williams (sister), Ray Michalko (private investigator) Wayne Clary (Head of E-Pana), Angela Marie MacDougall (Executive Director at Battered Women's Support Services, BC), Craig Benjamin (Amnesty International), Matilda Wilson (mother) Brenda Wilson (sister) Chief Terry Teegee (cousin)

A long string of violence followed Tanya Nepinak in life and death

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4 years ago
1:13
"There is all kinds of ways in which the violence that started with colonialism is felt and dealt with most immediately by Indigenous communities." 1:13

Marie Jeanne Kreiser
Marie Jeanne Kreiser's family was looking forward to seeing her for Thanksgiving, 1987, in Slave Lake, Alberta. She never arrived. Though her family knows Marie Jeanne's case may never be solved, they want the world to know who she truly was.
Interview subjects: Lorna Martin (daughter), Gail Leech (daughter), Sharon Patterson (daughter) Arlene Pearson (daughter) Murray Marcichiw (RCMP Staff Sergeant), Jody Stonehouse (Researcher, University of Alberta, Faculty of Native Studies), Liza Sunley (Executive Director, Lurana Shelter Society)

Emily Osmond
Emily Osmond was 78 years old when she was last seen by her nephew on her property on the outskirts of Kawacatoose First Nation, Saskatchewan, in September, 2007. Her family believes she was taken, because Emily's beloved dogs were abandoned, and she told no-one she was leaving. This peaceful woman vanished without a trace.
Interview subjects: Myrna LaPlante (niece) Jessica LaPlante (great niece), April Buffalo-Robe (niece), Lloyd Goodwill (retired RCMP).

Claudette Osborne-Tyo filled the room with her personality and her smile

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4 years ago
2:18
"She wanted to you know, go back to school to become a social worker, to help you know, girls like her, but she wasn't given that chance." 2:18

Claudette Osborne-Tyo
Claudette Osborne-Tyo was 21-years-old when she was last seen in Winnipeg in 2008. The mother of four children, Claudette was abused as a child, and struggled with drug addiction. But her family loved her very much, and have become some of the most powerful advocates and leaders in the support of MMIWG.
Interview subjects: Bernadette Smith (sister), Shawn Pike (Project Devote), Matthew Bushby (children's father) Bob Chrismas (former Winnipeg Police)

Tanya Nepinak
Tanya Nepinak's disappearance and presumed murder is one of many in a long series of unsolved violent deaths in her family. Tanya's children have been deeply affected, and many of those who love her have become advocates for the MMIWG. A serial killer's confession failed to solve the case of Tanya's murder, as did a search of a Winnipeg landfill. Violence continues to plague the family to this day.
Interview subjects:Sue Caribou (aunt), Sargent John O'Donovan (Winnipeg Police), Vernon Mann (children's father)

"She was always bubbly, laughing, very playful, loved to dance."

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4 years ago
1:16
Sandra Johnson and her family would travel to pow wows all over the continent. It's been 25 years since her body was found and still there's no justice for her family. 1:16

Sandra Johnson
Sandra Johnson was a pow wow princess from a loving family on the Seine River First Nation. In Thunder Bay, Ontario on the morning of February 13, 1992, 18-year-old Sandra Johnson's naked body was found murdered. There are many theories as to who could have committed the horrible crime, but no justice for Sandra's family.
Interview subjects: Sharon Johnson (sister), EJ Kwandibens (friend), Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum, Andrew Hay (police).

Tanya Brooks
On Mother's Day, May 10, 2009, Tanya Brooks had final telephone conversations with her family. It would be the last time they would ever speak with her again. A mother of five, Tanya was 36 years old at the time of her murder. She was seen later that evening walking on Gottingen Street in north Halifax, before being found in a school window well the next day. Each year a memorial march gains momentum, strengthening the collective objective to find her murderer.
Interview subjects: Vanessa Brooks (sister), CJ Brooks (child), Cheryl Melony (Women's Shelter worker), Jason Withrow (police).

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