These are the unsolved stories of Canada's missing and murdered indigenous women
They include 17-year-old Fonessa Bruyere who asked her mother, “What would you do if I died?” shortly before her body was discovered in a field north of Winnipeg in 2007.
They include 15-year-old Tina Fontaine who is remembered by her family as “the perfect little girl.” Her body was found, wrapped in a bag, in Winnipeg’s Red River in 2014. They include Margaret Blackbird, a 21-year-old mother of two, who went missing from Loon Lake, Sask., in 1951. Her family still wonders if she is alive. Their cases — along with the other women in this database — remain unsolved.
CBC News has confirmed these cases 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.
The statistics about murdered and missing 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. The UN report called for a national inquiry, a request rebuffed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
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