Heroes, legends and the strength to overcome violence and uncertainty

1,200 is just a number. A number that is abstract and distant. But what if it's 1,200 names? 1,200 missing or murdered women. 1,200 of your daughters, your mothers and sisters. 1,200 voices... silenced.
Rinelle Harper made national headlines when she was brutally assaulted and left for dead in Winnipeg's Assiniboine River. But she crawled out of the cold water and survived.

1,200 is just a number. A number that is abstract and distant.

But what if it's 1,200 names? 1,200 missing or murdered women. 1,200 of your daughters, your mothers and sisters.

1,200 voices... silenced.

Wilfred, left, and Bernice Catcheway have been searching for their daughter since she went missing in June of 2008. (Karen Pauls/CBC)
Bernice and Wilfred Catcheway have been searching for their missing daughter, Jennifer Catcheway, since she went missing more than seven years ago, on her 18th birthday. This week, Bernice Catcheway posted a video thanking volunteers for their help with this summer's search. 

One year ago, Rinelle Harper made national headlines when was brutally assaulted and left for dead in Winnipeg's Assiniboine River. But she survived. Harper addressed a stadium filled with students at We Day in Winnipeg to share her message about education and overcoming violence. 

Tom Jackson, sings his heart out for those who have no voice. (Bill Borgwardt)
Tom Jackson is an actor, musician and philanthropist. Find out why he always wanted to be a superhero, and how making his latest album, Ballads Not Bullets, gave him that opportunity. 

The Liberal government is following through on a campaign promise to hold a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls within the first 100 days of taking office. Carolyn Bennett is the newly appointed minister of Indigenous Affairs, she's already talking to families about what an inquiry should do.

Hilda Anderson-Pyrz welcomes an inquiry. Four years ago Hilda's sister, Dawn Anderson, died under mysterious circumstances. For the past three years, she has organized a day of remembrance in Winnipeg for those 1,200 women and girls.

Philadelphia Flyers Bobby Clarke, left, hugs teammate Reggie Leach seconds after Leach scored the winning goal in overtime against the Boston Bruins the semifinal hockey play in Philadelphia, April 30, 1976. (Rusty Kennedy/AP)
Hockey legend Reggie Leach has just released a new book called The Riverton Rifle: My Story: Straight Shooting on Hockey and on Life. He talks about the day he was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers and having to choose between sobriety and playing professional hockey.

Little Pine First Nation in Saskatchewan is dealing with some major problems. Growing crime, violence and drug abuse has the small community saying enough. They're coming up with strategies that range from restorative justice to banishment. 

Prince George, B.C. is using tradition as part of its corrections model. Elder Marcel Gagnon, and two prisoners who are about to be released, invited the CBC's Betsy Trumpener to witness their water ceremony. 

The Jerry Cans and Saali Keelan raised $4K for a Cape Dorset school. (Kinngait Performing Arts Club)
This week's playlist
A Tribe Called Red - All Day
Eekwol - I Will Not Be Conquered
The Jerry Cans - Qanuinngittuq 
Tom Jackson - City Lights