Topic: missing and murdered indigenous women

Why this Sudbury woman is making masks from turtle shells and birch bark

A Sudbury health care worker has been spending her nights crafting face masks from found objects.

Artist creates 'wash your hands' posters in 21 Indigenous languages

Colleen Gray answered the UN's call for art to stop the spread of COVID-19 with posters that recommend washing your hands in 21 Indigenous languages.

Edmonton artist in high demand for Indigenous artwork

An Edmonton artist is in high demand after one of her pieces was shared thousands of times on social media.

Red balloons released to honour slain Winnipeg woman Marilyn Munroe

Supporters marched and released balloons Saturday to mark four years since Marilyn Munroe, 41, was found dead in Winnipeg.

Q&A: Father writes book about daughter's death to raise awareness about MMIWG

A book written by John Fox Sr. looks at the circumstances surrounding the death of his daughter and his fight for justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, men and boys. 

The political quagmire of the prime minister accepting his country's complicity in genocide: Robyn Urback

If Trudeau is serious when he says "this was genocide," agreeing with the conclusion of the MMIWG report, legal proceedings will be forthcoming. If that doesn't happen, which is more likely, Trudeau sends a message about how serious he is when he calls the treatment of Indigenous people "genocide."

Red dress photography a form of prayer for Indigenous woman

When Mi'kmaw photographer Patricia Bourque goes out for a walk, she takes a red dress with her.

'She's with me every step of the way:' B.C. man walks across Canada for missing aunt

Matthew Jefferson’s aunt Frances Brown went missing from north of Smithers, B.C., on Oct. 14, 2017.

Police continue search for missing 17-year-old Kenora, Ont., teen

Ontario Provincial Police say they continue to search for a teenage girl, who was last seen in Kenora, a week ago.

Inquest called in death of Saskatchewan Indigenous woman found in B.C., park

A public inquest will be held into the death of Deanna Renee Desjarlais, whose body was found in a British Columbia park. She was 27, originally from Saskatoon and a member of the Kawacatoose First Nation.

Emotional start to first day of MMIWG inquiry

The first of the three day national inquiry into the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has begun on Monday morning in Thunder Bay, Ont.

'I felt let down': Missing woman's daughter disappointed in Edmonton police response

Another family member of a missing woman raised questions about the police to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Edmonton Thursday.

Police said daughter was probably out drinking, mother of missing woman tells MMIWG inquiry

The mother of an Indigenous woman who disappeared in 2008 says the RCMP have failed her.

'I still hear her voice': Edmonton man asks missing-women inquiry for help finding mother

Families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls have been meeting with a team from the national inquiry in Edmonton this week.

Thunder Bay's MMIWG community hearing delayed 3 months

The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls updated its schedule for community hearings, and publicized it on social media on Wednesday.

Human Rights Watch wants special unit to look at alleged Sask. police violence against Indigenous women

Human Rights Watch is calling for the creation of a special investigative unit to look at allegations of violence by police in Saskatchewan.

MMIWG families retie red ribbons province removed from Selkirk bridge

A Selkirk woman hurt by the removal of red ribbons from two bridges in Selkirk has put them back on. Jeannie Red Eagle originally put the ribbons up on May 5 to commemorate missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

New police strategy to include prevention, support for Indigenous women

The Greater Sudbury Police Service wants to help educate Indigenous women and girls, as well as keep them safe. Resources were compiled over the past two years to create a strategy in response to the national inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women. Part of the initiative provides prevention outreach materials for at-risk Indigenous women and girls.

Mother and daughter identified as victims in murder-suicide in northeast B.C.

A mother and her teenage daughter have been identified as the victims of a murder-suicide in a tiny community in northeastern B.C.

10 years later, police rekindle search for Kelly Morrisseau's killer

The stabbing death of an Indigenous woman in Gatineau remains unsolved 10 years later, and police have set up a command post in a bid for tips.

Pancake breakfast raises awareness, funds for MMIW

Santa, Minnie Mouse, Winnipeg police and First Nations chiefs joined forces Thursday in Winnipeg to serve pancakes and raise money for MMIW.

RCMP say Highway of Tears killers may never be caught

RCMP investigators admit they may never solve the cases of murdered and missing women on B.C.'s Highway of Tears.

Amnesty International teaches teenagers to become activists

Seventy-five young people gathered in a University Regina classroom to learn about how to become human rights activists.

Sisters in Spirit Vigil honours missing and murdered Indigenous women in Calgary

Hundreds marched down Stephen Avenue Tuesday morning to the beat of traditional aboriginal singing and drumming, honouring the lives of Aboriginal women who have disappeared, and pushing for greater awareness of the issue.

'Let us know you're OK,' pleads mom of missing woman Christine Wood

Winnipeg police and Christine Wood's family made another plea to the public for information in the case of the missing 21-year-old, saying the stream of tips is starting to dry up.

Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook found dead in Ottawa

Prominent Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook has been identified as the woman whose body was found in Ottawa's Rideau River earlier this week.

Body of Deanna Desjarlais, 27, found in Surrey, B.C.

The body of a young Cree woman who went missing nearly five months ago was found this week in a wooded area in Surrey, B.C. Deanna Desjarlais, 27 and originally from Saskatoon, had travelled to Vernon in late April, and that’s the last time her family heard from her.

B.C. First Nation offers 20K reward in case of Immaculate Basil, missing since 2013

A $20,000 reward is being offered for information that can help locate an Indigenous woman who disappeared from northern British Columbia three years ago. Immaculate "Mackie" Basil, 26, was last seen on June 14, 2013, around the Kuzche Reserve near Fort St. James, British Columbia.

Thunder Bay police respond to allegations trainer was verbally assaulted in race-relations course

Allegations that a facilitator was verbally assaulted by police officers while conducting race-relations training in Thunder Bay are the result of a "misunderstanding", according to the police service.

Police accused of verbal assault during training session on missing, murdered Indigenous women

Police officers in Thunder Bay, Ont., are being accused of verbally assaulting a facilitator who was delivering cross-cultural training on Indigenous issues, but a city official says it was all a misunderstanding.

Christine Wood's parents should never give up, says mom who found missing daughter

Marilyn Courchene knows all too well what Christine Wood's parents are going through and she's urging them to not give up — and never stay still.

Bear Clan help in search for missing 21-year-old woman

Winnipeg's Bear Clan helped search for a missing 21-year-old woman Wednesday night.

Mystery of Delaine Copenace's death must be solved, says mother of drowned First Nations teen

The mother of a First Nations teen says she is angry and frustrated by a coroner's decision not to hold an inquest into her daughter's disappearance and death in Kenora, Ont., last winter.

Manitoba all in for inquiry into murdered, missing Indigenous women and girls

The Manitoba government is affirming its participation in a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

'Vast country' makes MMIW inquiry timeline a challenge, says former head of Pickton inquiry

The commissioner of a B.C. inquiry into missing women says he’s worried that the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women set to get underway later this week will suffer from a lack of time.

No inquest into death of Kenora teen Delaine Copenace, regional coroner rules

An inquest is not required into the death of Delaine Copenace, 16, who disappeared and was later found dead in Kenora, Ont., this spring, according to the regional supervising coroner.

VIA Rail in talks to offer $5 fares to 'at risk' groups along B.C. Highway of Tears

Via Rail has joined discussions with the British Columbia government, First Nations and social service agencies to offer rock-bottom fares to "vulnerable" people who can't afford to travel along the so-called Highway of Tears.

Accurate tally of deaths essential to national inquiry on missing, murdered Indigenous women, chief says

The success of the national public inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women hinges on whether all of the families who have suffered tragic losses of mothers, daughters and sisters are heard, says a First Nations leader in northern Ontario.

Saskatoon law professor Marilyn Poitras to serve on MMIW inquiry

A University of Saskatchewan law professor is acting as a commissioner on Canada's inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls.

Marion Buller, B.C. First Nations judge, to lead MMIW inquiry

Marion Buller, British Columbia's first female First Nations judge, will lead Canada's inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls to help bring a "national tragedy to an end."

'We're a statistic,' says Indigenous mother who lost 2 daughters in 1 year

Even in the toughest times, Joey Tiiah Patricia English found a reason to laugh. She was a young, beautiful Indigenous woman with three children she loved dearly. She came from the Piikani Nation, a Blackfoot Confederacy community in southern Alberta.

MMIW: New unsolved cases added to CBC's database

After launching an investigation last year, CBC News continues to follow up on unsolved cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls from across the country.

You can't investigate MMIW without looking at police conduct, Steven Zhou writes

No chronic form of violent crime occurs over several decades without some sort of relationship with how the police have conducted themselves. Why aren't police investigations part of the missing and murdered Indigenous women inquiry's mandate?

Inquiry will have to examine police conduct, child welfare system: Bennett

Policing will require close examination during the inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said Thursday after questions were raised about a draft copy of the terms of reference.

Feds pressed on child welfare funding ahead of MMIW inquiry announcement

A leading advocate for the welfare of First Nations children and families says she'll have little faith in the upcoming inquiry on murdered and missing indigenous women unless a funding gap is closed first.

Sabrina Polchies's 2010 death still raises questions with family

The family of Sabrina Polchies, a Mi’kmaq woman from the Elsipogtog First Nation, is continuing to raise questions about her 2010 death, even though the RCMP ruled out foul play.

First Nations chief finds common ground with Mexican politician at Three Amigos summit

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson discussed Indigenous issues at the North American Leaders Summit with Mexican politician Nuvia Mayorga Delgado, who is head of the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples from Mexico.

Winnipeg woman sentenced to 12 years for Lorie Bearbull slaying

Naomi Ross was sentenced to 12 years behind bars this week, after pleading guilty to stabbing and killing Lorie Bearbull in Winnipeg in July 2014.

Indigenous leaders demand action on 'no foul play' MMIW cases

Indigenous leaders and advocates say dozens of cases where police found no evidence of foul play must be included in a federal inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, following a CBC News investigation calling those findings into question.
CBC Investigates

Police finding in Ashley Machiskinic's death disputed by family, former Vancouver officer

Even in retirement, there are police findings former Const. Dave Dickson will not accept. The Vancouver Police Department's assessment that Ashley Machiskinic did not die in suspicious circumstances is one of them.

Provinces studying terms of reference for inquiry on missing, murdered Indigenous women

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was the one who promised a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, but the provinces still need to sign off on the details.

Tanya's aunt: 'From the first time I went in that apartment, I knew'

Family doubts 27-year-old Tanya Hill's death was an accident

Project E-PANA: RCMP to meet with daughter of woman found dead 40 years ago

Nearly four decades have gone by and Vicki Hill is still looking for answers to questions about her mother's death. On Tuesday, that may start to change.
CBC Investigates

Family doubts 27-year-old Tanya Hill's death was an accident

The 2011 death of Tanya Hill is one of dozens of cases across Canada where police say there is no evidence of foul play, but where the families of Indigenous women maintain their loved ones may have been murdered, a CBC News investigation has found.

'Why couldn't they find her?' asks father of First Nations teen who died in Kenora, Ont.

Months after his 14-year-old daughter died, Marlin Kokopenace says he still has not heard from Ontario Provincial Police about the nature of their last contact with her, in the hours before she disappeared in Kenora, Ont.
CBC Investigates

Hypothermia or homicide? 2 Manitoba families question MMIW cases

Two Indigenous women died of hypothermia, and foul play was ruled out. But the families of both victims believe suspicious circumstances led to their loved ones freezing to death.

'No foul play' found in deaths of dozens of Indigenous women, but questions remain

In dozens of cases where police say there is no evidence of foul play, the families of missing and murdered Indigenous girls and women maintain their loved ones may have been victims of homicide, a CBC News investigation has found.
CBC Investigates

Pathologist found that Nadine Machiskinic likely didn't go down laundry chute 'on her own'

An autopsy report into the death of Nadine Machiskinic concluded she was severely intoxicated due to a cocktail of drugs in her system, which “would make it unlikely that she would have been able to climb into a laundry chute on her own.”

Caitlin Potts left sister chilling last message before she disappeared from B.C. Interior

Caitlin Potts has been missing for almost four months and family members are starting to fear the worst. Pott’s sister, Codi, says there are a number of chilling clues the 27-year-old mother left behind before she vanished.

The little-known life and mysterious death of Ila Oman, 45 years ago

It was one of Manitoba's most brutal homicides of its time. It haunts the living and, some say, the dead. Yet 45 years later, the death of Sayisi Dene woman Ila Oman remains unsolved.

Christi Belcourt receives Governor General Award for Innovation

Métis artist Christi Belcourt is one of this year’s recipients of the Governor General’s Innovation Award, for her artwork which raises awareness about issues impacting Indigenous people of Canada.

Family-crafted quilt honours missing, murdered Indigenous women and girls

A handmade quilt honouring the memories of British Columbia's missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is helping their loved ones heal.

Metis teen raises over $10K running for Drag the Red

Kayleen McKay ran 450 kilometres in 11 days to honour her cousin Shawn Nepinak, who took his own life in the Red River in 2015.

Liberals 'very close' to releasing details of missing, murdered Indigenous women inquiry

Canadians will find out who will oversee a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and how it will be structured before Parliament breaks for summer, a Liberal cabinet minister says.

Examine police behaviour in missing, murdered Indigenous women inquiry, advocates say

Indigenous women tend to be "underprotected and overpoliced," making it vital that the behaviour of police be examined in the upcoming inquiry on missing and murdered indigenous women, advocates said Monday.

Winnipeg Métis woman to run 450 km for Drag the Red

Kayleen McKay says she wanted to give back to Drag the Red after they helped find her cousin, who took his own life in the Red River.

Simone Sanderson homicide arrest made by Winnipeg police

Winnipeg police have arrested a man in connection with the death of Simone Sanderson, whose body was found in the city's North End almost four years ago.

Portraits of MMIW part of street art project in Regina, Toronto

Faces of missing and murdered indigenous women are popping up on vacant buildings in Regina and Toronto.

More than 100 indigenous women in N.L. murdered or missing, meeting told

A shocking number was revealed at meeting in St. John's Wednesday.

Raising awareness of missing and murdered indigenous women through song

Ottawa musician Amanda Rheaume is raising awareness of missing and murdered indigenous women with her new single, Red Dress, featuring vocals by Chantal Kreviazuk.

Thunder Bay police criticized for response to indigenous woman found naked on city street

The mother of a 28-year-old woman found naked and crying for help late one night in Thunder Bay, Ont., says police are ignoring a crime because her daughter is a First Nations woman and an addict.

Teresa Robinson case: Arrest made in slaying of Garden Hill First Nation girl

​RCMP have made an arrest in the killing of 11-year-old Teresa Robinson. The condition of her body initially led investigators to believe she had been killed by a wild animal, but investigators later determined it was a homicide.

Swan River RCMP search for missing Manitoba woman Lorlene Bone, 31

RCMP are asking for the public's help finding a woman who went missing from Sapotaweyak Cree Nation last month.

Delaine Copenace search: Volunteers step up after police suspend search

Volunteers in Kenora, Ont., continue their efforts to find missing teen Delaine Copenace after police suspended their ground and underwater search on Monday.

Delaine Copenace search: Kenora OPP suspends ground, underwater search

Provincial police in Kenora have stopped its underwater search and ground search to find Delaine Copenace.

Delaine Copenace search: OPP calls in underwater search and recovery unit

Provincial police in Kenora are calling in their underwater search and recovery unit to help locate Delaine Copenace.

Delaine Copenace vigil glows with support for Kenora family

About 100 people gathered last night on the shores of Lake Superior for a vigil to support the family of Delaine Copenace.

Delaine Copenace search: Thunder Bay holds vigil for missing Kenora teen

A vigil is being organized for Tuesday evening in Thunder Bay, Ont., to support the family of Delaine Copenace, the Kenora teenager who disappeared on Feb. 27.

Delaine Copenace search: 'Just help me bring her home,' mom pleads

The search for a missing 16-year-old girl in Kenora is entering its second week. Delaine Copenace was last seen in Kenora's downtown area on Feb. 27.

OPP appeals to public to keep searching for missing teen Delaine Copenace

As the search for missing 16-year-old Delaine Copenace of Kenora continues, Ontario Provincial Police are praising the efforts of the public, and asking people to share information with them first — before posting it on any social media platform.

Delaine Copenace search: Residents urged to search backyards in Kenora, Ont.

Any bit of information, no matter how small, could help in the search for missing Kenora teen Delaine Copenace, says the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.

MMIW inquiry supported by Canadians, but many pessimistic about outcome: poll

A new poll suggest that four in five Canadians are in favour of the inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women, but almost half are pessimistic about whether it will improve the lives of those affected.

Ontario pledges $100 million to help end violence against indigenous women

Ontario will spend $100 million over the next three years on a long-term strategy to end violence against indigenous women.

5 recommendations for national MMIW inquiry: Native Women's Association of Canada

The federal government has wrapped up the cross-country pre-inquiry consultation with families, and has announced the inquiry will be launched by this summer. But there are still many questions about how the government will conduct the inquiry.

Brandy Vittrekwa beaten after spurning killer's advances, Yukon court hears

Lawyers have submitted an agreed statement of facts surrounding the 2014 death of Brandy Vittrekwa.

Missing and murdered women: A look at 5 cases not included in official RCMP tally

Just how many missing or murdered indigenous women are there in Canada? No one can say for certain, and the numbers reported in recent days only add to the confusion. As CBC News continues to investigate, here are five women's stories.

MMIW inquiry must address spectrum of violence against indigenous women: activist

An Ojibway activist is calling on the federal government to include domestic abuse in a forthcoming inquiry exploring the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women.

Confusion reigns over number of missing, murdered indigenous women

The minister for the status of women says research suggests the number of missing and murdered indigenous women could be as high as 4,000, far above the figure long reported by the RCMP.

Indigenous families call police investigations inadequate as MMIW pre-inquiry talks wrap

The federal ministers tasked with launching a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women say that the families of victims are deeply concerned about what they call inadequate policing in their communities.

Lorelei Williams carries family story of missing and murdered indigenous women

For Lorelei Williams, this story began before she was born, when her aunt, Belinda Williams, went missing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside 40 years ago.

PM Justin Trudeau faces tough questions about missing and murdered indigenous women

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was grilled about the country's response to missing and murdered indigenous women in a CBC forum on Sunday night.

Saskatchewan senator introduces bill for missing and murdered aboriginal women

Senator Lillian Dyck’s bill would make being an aboriginal female victim an aggravating circumstance for certain offences.

Inquiry must validate stories of indigenous women prostituted on ships: NWAC

A national public inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women must deal with the trafficking of indigenous women on ships from Thunder Bay, Ont., says the president of the Native Women's Association of Canada.

Indigenous women disappear on ships on Lake Superior, Carolyn Bennett told

Federal cabinet ministers say they learned more about the specific safety concerns of Indigenous women in northern Ontario — including women disappearing on ships in Lake Superior — during consultation meetings in Thunder Bay on Wednesday.

Missing and murdered indigenous women: 5 things an inquiry should consider

The sister of an Ontario First Nations woman who was killed in 1994 says the Liberals are "rushing" families into consultations on a national public inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women.

Yukon group scrambles to prepare for pre-inquiry into MMIW

Three federal ministers are coming to Whitehorse on Jan. 11 to hold a pre-inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women but a local group is not impressed with the short notice.

Family frustrated over lack of answers in Teresa Robinson homicide

Eight months after 11-year-old Teresa Robinson was found dead in Garden Hill, her family and the community are no closer to finding out who killed her.

Fearful or fierce? Raising my indigenous daughter in Canada

Last year, 15-year-old Tina Fontaine was found in a bag in Winnipeg's Red River. On the day after her body was recovered, I went to pick up my kids and I couldn't help but notice there were homicide detectives across the street from where my kids lived in the West End.

Tina Fontaine's death: agony for a family, an awakening for a country

It took police 16 months to make an arrest in the Tina Fontaine case. She is one 1,200 missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada, many whose cases remain unsolved. What made her death so different?

Sister of missing Aboriginal woman from Timmins wants inquiry to take its time

The sister of a missing Aboriginal woman from Timmins is hoping the government doesn't rush to set up its public inquiry.