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MMIW public forum: 'Cold cases should have been solved,' says mother of Ramona Wilson

The Current devotes the program to a public forum on the issues surrounding missing, murdered Indigenous women along the Highway of Tears. With the launch of a public inquiry, families, community leaders and residents of Prince George search for justice.
Matilda Wilson, mother of Ramona who disappeared on the Highway of Tears in 1994, wraps up The Current's public forum on murdered, missing and Indigenous women in Prince George, B.C. (CBC)

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Listen to the full episode of The Current's MMIW public forum

This is Part Three of The Current's special public forum. 

On June 11, 1994, Matilda Wilson said goodbye to her daughter Ramona for the last time. She was 16-years-old and her murder is still unsolved. 

As part of The Current's first public forum in Prince George, B.C., Matilda Wilson joined the conversation discussing the issue of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls along the Highway of Tears. 

"I'd like to say that this is the best meeting I have ever been to... to get to the issues that are really important, especially for the national inquiry," says Wilson.

"We'd like to see something happen soon."

Matilda Wilson holds up a picture of her youngest child, Ramona, who disappeared in 1994. She shares her story in The Current's virtual reality documentary, The Highway of Tears. (CBC)

As part of The Current's first public forum on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, we have produced a virtual reality documentary that takes you into Matilda Wilson's home and along the notorious Highway of Tears where Ramona's mother shares her story of personal loss and search for answers.

The Current's program today was devoted to this public forum to hear from families, from community leaders and from the RCMP as well as people in the community — looking for justice for the many missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls that have disappeared along the Highway of Tears. 
Ramona Wilson is just one of the many whose names are forever linked to the Highway of Tears. (CBC)

"Everything that I've heard tonight, it has brought me...  a lot of hope, and patience too, to understand what's going on with the politicians and the RCMP and the investigators," Wilson tells the crowd at the end of the public forum.

"In this day in age, you know, all these cold cases should have been solved so many years ago. And hopefully when when this national inquiry comes in we will be able to solve some of these cold cases — even one, I'd be so happy 
if that happened," says Wilson.

This segment and The Current's public forum was produced by Liz Hoath, Josh Bloch and Kathleen Goldhar.