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mysteriew
07-23-2005, 01:24 AM
A grieving mother led a caravan of marchers Friday to remember the hundreds of native women who've been murdered or gone missing since 1985.

One of them is her daughter, Daleen Kay (Muskego) Bosse.

"We're still waiting for her to come home," said Pauline Muskego, fighting tears.

"And we're still believing that she will come home."

Daleen, then 26, was last seen on May 18, 2004 in Saskatoon.

She was close to her daughter Faith, now four, a curly-haired youngster who walked amongst the marchers as they arrived from the Onion Lake First Nation, 350 kilometres north of Saskatoon.

About 40 members of the Cree community left their home five days earlier. They took turns running or walking the distance over rural Saskatchewan roads that seem to stretch to the horizon.

It cites how the disappearance of five native women along a lonely stretch of B.C. highway between Prince Rupert and Prince George barely caused a media ripple. Alberta Williams, Delphine Nikal, Ramona Wilson, Roxanne Thiara and Lana Derrick all vanished between 1988 and 1995 along what is now known as the Highway of Tears.

A $5,000 reward is offered for any information about the young mother, who is approximately five-foot-five and weighed 170 pounds when she disappeared. She wears glasses or contact lenses.

Daleen is just one of about 500 women who have disappeared or been murdered in the last 20 years, says Beverley Jacobs.

That figure is an estimate based on preliminary research and anecdotal evidence, said the president of the Native Women's Association of Canada. She suspects the total is higher.

Most Canadians don't realize the seriousness of the issue, Jacobs said
http://www.canada.com/saskatoon/starphoenix/news/story.html?id=64a1f9bd-f68b-466c-8ffc-3051acb1d5ab

Richard
11-25-2005, 05:01 PM
Remembering them during Native American Indian Month. A quick search of the Doenetwork indicates a number of unknown and missing women believed to be Native Americans.

PonderingThings
12-21-2005, 04:48 PM
Today police found the remains of a woman, in Saskatchewan. Its too early to know if she was Native, or anything else.

I've posted the story here:
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?p=916420#post916420

What is interesting is that there was a recent new announcement into some large funding for the search for missing people - its mentioned at the end of the article. There are a large number of Native people who go missing in Western Canada, so hopefully this will assist in locating more!

shadowangel
12-22-2005, 10:12 AM
If someone wants to talk about a racial group that gets little or no media attention or discussion...

Try to find "Trail of Tears" in your kid's history books! :furious:

Mullins
12-22-2005, 10:48 AM
Or read Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown.



If someone wants to talk about a racial group that gets little or no media attention or discussion...

Try to find "Trail of Tears" in your kid's history books! :furious:

Rle7
02-18-2006, 07:37 AM
The body of missing 14-year-old Aielah Katherina Saric has been found near Highway 16 near Prince George, a region that has been plagued by disappearances and murders of young women over the past 15 years.

"It just seems too coincidental that all this is going on," said Tom Chipman, whose own daughter, 22-year-old Tamara Chipman of Terrace, was last seen hitchhiking along the same highway in September 2005.

At least nine women, including Chipman, have disappeared or have been murdered since 1990 in the Prince George area, and some estimates put the number of missing women considerably higher.

Many have vanished along the 724-kilometre stretch of Highway 16 -- the so-called Highway of Tears -- that runs west from Prince George to Prince Rupert.

All but one of the women were aboriginal, and all were between the ages of 15 and 25 at the time of their disappearance, leading many people in the community to speculate a serial killer may be at work.

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=e66fb5b4-1b69-4dee-bc19-58d5cd68a009

Rle7
02-18-2006, 07:50 AM
Here is a link to some of the unsolved cases on Highway 16 in British Columbia along with other cold cases in BC:

http://www.missingnativewomen.ca/native3.html

PonderingThings
02-18-2006, 08:04 AM
Personally I believe something is up... but here is a link to an opinion column that says authorities don't believe the cases are linked:

http://www.opinion250.com/blogs/news/archive/2006/02/15/7070.aspx

Rle7
02-18-2006, 08:24 AM
RCMP have repeatedly said they cannot rule out the possibility that a serial killer could be preying on women along Highway 16. But they also say they've found no evidence to link the cases.
http://www.cbc.ca/bc/story/bc_pg-murder20060215.html

There is a lot of speculation in Canada about whether a serial killer is targeting Native American women here. As long as the possibility exists, I think LE should keep an open mind while investigating these unsolved cases.

Rle7
02-18-2006, 08:28 AM
Here is a link to the one non-native woman missing on Highway 16:

http://www.findnicolehoar.com (http://www.findnicolehoar.com/)

Trino
02-18-2006, 08:55 AM
Or read Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown.

I think you're missing something, since I'm a history teacher. The Trail of Tears has been in history books for years, as has been Wounded Knee. Every h.s. history teacher that I know teaches both. And, yes, they are both in The Americans, a widely distributed text.

PonderingThings
02-18-2006, 09:00 AM
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20060218.BCSERIAL18/TPStory/National
(http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20060218.BCSERIAL18/TPStory/National)
A serial killer is involved in at least three of the disappearances of women and girls along Highway 16, two retired RCMP officers say.

Fred Maile served 25 years in the RCMP in British Columbia, including eight years in a serious-crime unit in Vancouver. He said his theory is that four girls who disappeared between 1990 and 1995 met foul play by the same individual.


Much more at link

Rle7
02-18-2006, 09:23 AM
Here is another article with a picture of the crime scene. There is also a video link with an interview with a local crime historian:

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20060215/saric_remains_060215/20060215?hub=TopStories&s_name=

Rle7
02-18-2006, 09:47 AM
Most people are busy preparing for Christmas, but a father in northwestern B.C. has been searching lonely stretches of highway and logging roads trying to find his missing daughter.

"We've pretty well covered every side road between Terrace and (Prince) Rupert," explains Tom Chipman, sitting with his wife Christine in the Kitsumkalum Firehall, headquarters for the daily ground search for Tamara Chipman, a pretty 22-year-old with a lovely smile.

"We're up at six every morning and we quit at dusk. I know everybody's getting tired. I don't know how long we can carry on. I guess until the snow comes and the weather shuts us down."

It's a Friday night in this northwestern B.C. town, and the volunteers are tired after walking about 15 kilometres, hunting for a shred of evidence of Tamara.

Tom Chipman has also walked along Highway 16, which runs between Prince Rupert and Terrace, looking in culverts for his daughter.

"It's scary looking into a culvert," says Chipman, who makes his living as a gillnet fisherman. "Every day we don't find a body is a good day."

Chipman searched for his daughter -- his only child -- six days straight last week. A heavy snowfall last Sunday closed the road to Prince Rupert and curtailed search efforts temporarily. He resumed the search this week.

His daughter was last seen Sept. 21 hitchhiking outside Prince Rupert, heading toward her home in Terrace. She has a two-year-old son, Jaden, who is being cared for his father, Rob Parker, who was the last to hear from her.

According to Amnesty International Canada, Tamara's disappearance brings to 33 the number of missing or murdered women along the highway -- all but one were aboriginal.


http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/story.html?id=11eba736-3c10-4795-8e42-156321266647&k=59454

PonderingThings
02-18-2006, 10:01 AM
Although this is NOT along the hiway of tears, there is an unidentified Native woman that has been found in Alberta. She was found on April 8, 1979 and is thought to have died 1-2 years earlier. She was found In Banff, Alberta.

Photo of reconstruction and more details at:

http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/5ufab.html

Rle7
02-18-2006, 10:28 AM
Here is another website dedicated to the highway of tears:

http://www.highwayoftears.ca (http://www.highwayoftears.ca/)

Rle7
02-19-2006, 05:59 PM
No funeral service is planned in Prince George. Instead, a service will be held in Driftpile Cree Nation north of Edmonton.

Aielah's body was discovered in a highway ditch last Friday by a motorist near Tabor Mountain, 17 kilometres east of Prince George.

Police have not released the time or cause of death, but are treating it as a homicide.

"We have as many investigators as possible on this case," said RCMP spokesman Const. Gary Godwin.

The First Nations teen was last seen by her family Feb. 2. At the time, family members said she stayed overnight with a friend and were told there had been an unconfirmed sighting of her getting into a black van Feb. 3.

Aielah's mother, Audrey Auger, spent days combing the city in a vain attempt to find the teen.

Mary Teegee, director of Carrier Sekani Family Services, last night told Global BC a taskforce should examine if there are any links between the eight native women who have disappeared since 1990.

Teegee, who oversees an organization with annual revenues of almost $10 million, said that if white girls from West Vancouver had gone missing there would be a massive investigation.

"It's long overdue that there be a public enquiry," Teegee said.

http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=70a6111a-4d36-48f2-bf9e-8aefe142fdaa&k=91427

Rle7
02-21-2006, 11:27 AM
I posted this in the Missing but not Forgotten forum. I thought I should post this here as well:

Winnipeg police say they have no new leads on the case of an aboriginal teenager who disappeared two years ago today.


Sunshine Wood was last seen leaving the St. Regis Hotel in downtown Winnipeg around midnight on Feb. 20, 2004. Six months earlier, she had moved to Winnipeg from the Gods River First Nation to attend high school.

http://www.cbc.ca/manitoba/story/mb_sunshine-wood-20060220.html

Poster at this link:
http://popeye.discash.com/childfind/db/child.cgi?alias=141

Rle7
02-22-2006, 04:28 PM
First nations leaders are calling for a more coordinated approach to police investigations into the cases of eight women missing or murdered along Highway 16, the so-called highway of tears that runs between Prince George and Prince Rupert.

"No one wants to repeat the mistakes of the investigations into the missing or murdered women on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver," Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, said Tuesday.

The lessons learned from that tragedy, he said, could yield positive results in the Highway 16 investigations.

The First Nations Leadership Council recently sent a letter to the RCMP calling for a more coordinated approach, by combining the expertise of all past and present RCMP officers who worked on the cases over the years.

Edward John, Grand Chief of the First Nations Summit, said the First Nations Leadership Council is confident the RCMP is willing to strengthen its response to the issue, in order to provide answers and peace of mind to the grieving families.

One retired RCMP officer, Fred Maile, an investigator in the Clifford Olson serial murder case, told The Vancouver Sun last December that he is convinced a serial killer is preying on young women along the highway, and he believes a serial killer was involved in at least three and possibly four cases.

The eight cases that the RCMP say are actively being investigated are those of Delphine Nikal, 15; Ramona Wilson, 15; Roxanne Thiara, 15; Leah Alisha Germaine, 15; Lana Derrick, 19; Nicole Hoar, 25; Tamara Chipman, 22; Aielah Katherina Saric, 14.

Gary Rosenfeldt, the father of one of Olson's victims, has been pushing for 25 years for a national police unit that would investigate possible cases of serial murders and assist local police.

He said the U.S. has such a task force -- a Federal Bureau of Investigation specialty team -- that is aware of how serial killers operate and provides support to investigations such as Seattle's Green River case.

"It has been almost 25 years since we talked about it and here we are still promoting it," Rosenfeldt said Tuesday.

Jagrup Brar, MLA for Surrey-Panorama Ridge and the NDP's public safety critic, said he has asked the solicitor-general to take a closer look at the Highway 16 cases to see if something more can be done.

"He needs to act quickly to look into the situation -- either to confirm or eliminate the possibility of a serial killer," he said. "This is a serious public safety issue."

Jonah Cunningham of Vancouver, whose sister Leah Germaine was a Highway 16 murder victim in 1994, said he finds it "alarming" and "very disturbing" that the murders continue. The body of the latest victim, Aielah Katherina Saric, 14, was found earlier this month. "I believe it's time for a more focused investigation," he said. "A task force would be good."
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=fbffb3e1-37de-4043-b668-0b9f5f0cefec

Edited for length and copyright.

Rle7
02-25-2006, 05:48 PM
the fifth annual Memorial for Canada's Missing/Murdered Native women
will be held on Sunday March 12th at 1 pm
at
120 Cornwall Street ( Coop Centre)
Toronto, ON
A Feast will follow.
Please bring womens and girls shoes to this Memorial. They will be returned to
you at the end of the event.
Anyone wishing to participate in this years Memorial or those requiring further
information is asked to contact waabzy@... (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NatNews-north/post?postID=sAn782-Qe9KAHKfPU-dGe1t5_YrSggjgRZBvrZO2p3eew-B-_mj8qxxNxukALCS7Kn9CJmRn7BOD3Qw)
Miigwetch!

PonderingThings
03-01-2006, 04:30 PM
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/national/story.html?id=358619d4-4215-4e5e-bf0a-787eadd5cce2&k=87531

More than 35 RCMP officers are investigating the disappearance and murders of several women along the so-called highway of tears in northern British Columbia and more may be added later, the province's solicitor general said Tuesday.

But John Les said police continue to maintain a serial killer is not believed to be involved. "These tragic deaths have shocked and saddened people across the province," Les said.
MORE AT LINK

Rle7
03-13-2006, 10:19 AM
Activist Waabnong Kwe is on a mission to help bring dignity to hundreds of dead or missing native women.

The names of more than 360 such aboriginal women, including about 25 from Ontario, were read yesterday to a room full of teary eyes at the fifth annual memorial and feast by the No More Silence Coalition.

"In this country, aboriginal women die all the time and nobody cares," Kwe told a packed room at Oak Street Housing Co-op on Cornwall St. "They are treated as second class citizens."

In nearly all cases involving murdered aboriginal women there are no arrests, she said. Kwe and members of her group will be meeting with Toronto Police this week to try to have three cases they consider to be suspicious deaths reopened.

http://www.torontosun.com/News/TorontoAndGTA/2006/03/13/1485436-sun.html

Rle7
03-14-2006, 09:27 PM
Prince George RCMP are asking for help in locating a missing 14 year old girl.
Brianna Kaye Frederick is 5'2" weighs 110 lbs, has short brown hair, brown eyes, and is of First Nations descent.

Brianna was last seen Friday at the Pine Centre Mall and in the north end of Gillette Street. She was reported missing yesterday morning.

Police say that at this time, there is nothing to suggest anything "untoward" in Brianna's disappearance (her description is similar to that of Aielah Saric-Auger).
A photo of Brianna is not yet available.

http://www.opinion250.com/blogs/news/archive/2006/03/13/7932.aspx

I hope this isn't another casualty on the Highway of Tears.

Rle7
03-23-2006, 10:51 AM
AFTER BECOMING AFRAID TO RETURN HOME FOR FOUR DAYS, A MISSING 14 YEAR OLD PRINCE GEORGE GIRL HAS BEEN FOUND SAFE.

THAT FROM R-C-M-P CONSTABLE LESLIE DIX WHO SAYS MANY GROUPS IN THE CITY ARE CALLED UPON IN MISSING PERSONS CASES SUCH AS THIS.

DIX ADDS THE NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN FINDING FREDERICK AT A LOCAL YOUTH CENTRE. FREDERICK WAS REPORTED MISSING LAST FRIDAY AND WAS FOUND TODAY SAFE AND UNHARMED.

http://72.14.203.104/search?q=cache:uQqIwVBycRUJ:www.94xfm.com/news.php+brianna+frederick&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=3

Rle7
08-14-2006, 10:31 PM
Melanie Dawn Geddes' family hopes some day they'll have closure and they'll know who snatched the young woman off the streets of Regina and murdered her.

On Saturday, Geddes' mother, Valorie Smokeyday, was joined by family members, friends and members of the First Nations community in a memorial walk honouring the spirit of the 25-year-old mother of three who disappeared a year ago.

"It is a very emotional day. It has been a difficult year for us just coming to terms with accepting what has happened," said Geddes' cousin, Terri-Lyn McNabb, speaking on behalf of the family.

Geddes disappeared on Aug. 13, 2005, while walking home from an evening with friends. She was last seen in the 900 block of Robinson Street -- the starting point for the memorial walk.

More than 60 participants walked to the edge of the city Saturday and then travelled by motorcade to the valley near Southey where Geddes' body was found in December.

"This time it (the walk) is not a search, it is part of a healing journey for us. We are hoping this will create an awareness of all the missing First Nations people -- women, children and men -- and that somebody out there who knows something, who knows what happened to Melanie, maybe will be influenced to come forward so that justice can be served for Melanie and as well as all the other missing women who are out there," McNabb said.

The families of Amber Redman, who was last seen July 15, 2005, outside Trapper's bar in Fort Qu'Appelle and five-year-old Tamra Keepness, who was reported missing from her Regina home July 6, 2004, are waiting word on their whereabouts.

"The next step in the healing process for the (Geddes) family is hopefully that justice will be served for our family and for the other families out there who are still searching for their loved ones. We are hoping that they can find closure," McNabb said.

"This will be the first time the family has visited the site," McNabb said. "It is going to be very hard on everybody."

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/local/story.html?id=255f796e-469c-41aa-865e-58dfe7d74aba

txsvicki
08-20-2006, 03:58 AM
Activist Waabnong Kwe is on a mission to help bring dignity to hundreds of dead or missing native women.

The names of more than 360 such aboriginal women, including about 25 from Ontario, were read yesterday to a room full of teary eyes at the fifth annual memorial and feast by the No More Silence Coalition.

"In this country, aboriginal women die all the time and nobody cares," Kwe told a packed room at Oak Street Housing Co-op on Cornwall St. "They are treated as second class citizens."

In nearly all cases involving murdered aboriginal women there are no arrests, she said. Kwe and members of her group will be meeting with Toronto Police this week to try to have three cases they consider to be suspicious deaths reopened.

http://www.torontosun.com/News/TorontoAndGTA/2006/03/13/1485436-sun.html

360 women and they don't think that there is evidence of a serial killer in any more than 3-4 cases! Some of these girls are children.

Rle7
03-03-2007, 11:17 PM
Dawn Crey. Ramona Wilson. Daleen Kay Bosse. These are just three of the estimated 500 Aboriginal women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past thirty years. Directed by acclaimed Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh, Finding Dawn is a compelling documentary that puts a human face to this national tragedy.

This is an epic journey into the dark heart of Native women’s experience in Canada. From Vancouver’s skid row, where more than 60 women are missing, we travel to the “Highway of Tears” in northern British Columbia, and onward to Saskatoon, where the murders of Native women remain unresolved.

Along the road to honour those who have passed, we uncover reason for hope. It lives in Native rights activists Professor Janice Acoose and Fay Blaney. It drives events such as the annual Women’s Memorial March in Vancouver and inspires communities all along the length of Highway 16 to come together to demand change.

Finding Dawn illustrates the deep historical, social and economic factors that contribute to the epidemic of violence against Native women in this country. It goes further to present the ultimate message that stopping the violence is everyone’s responsibility

http://www.nfb.ca/trouverunfilm/fichefilm.php?lg=en&id=52581&v=h

Rle7
09-08-2007, 10:07 AM
The killing of a young sex trade worker in Winnipeg has prompted aboriginal groups to call for the creation of a task force dedicated to the cases of murdered and missing women in Manitoba.

The suggestion came Wednesday as the family of 17-year-old Fonassa Lynn Bruyere broke their silence, saying they had tried to save her from a dangerous lifestyle.

Bruyere's body was discovered last Thursday in a field on the northwest edge of Winnipeg, an area that's gained local infamy as a body dumping ground. Police are treating the case as a homicide.

Speaking at the news conference organized by native groups to publicly call for a task force, the teen's aunt made a tearful plea for the media to stop referring to her niece as a prostitute.

"We also want people to know we attempted to prevent her choices,'' said Carla Bruyere.

But she added nothing more about Fonassa's life and wouldn't accept reporters' questions.

"Who she was and what she was trapped in at this time are two different people. We just ask that we have some respect right now so we can bury her.''

The Southern Chiefs' Organization and two grassroots native groups are pressing the government to create a police team like Project Evenhanded in British Columbia and Alberta's Project Kare. Those task forces are looking into the deaths and disappearances of dozens of people, many of whom were sex-trade workers.

"How many more bodies need to be stacked up before there is a comprehensive and appropriate response by both policing institutions and government?'' asked Nahanni Fontaine, director of justice for the Southern Chiefs.

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070905/murdered_women_070905/20070905?hub=Canada

rmf
09-08-2007, 12:48 PM
Canadian authorities are pathetically behind the USA in terms of setting up clearinghouses to track missing persons, including children. This became evident when women in the sex trade began disappearing from East Vancouver over a decade ago. Only after public outrage over the disappearances did the Vancouver RCMP finally set up a website for missing sex trade workers. Eventually they arrested the pig farmer and now he's on trial for serial murder.

I don't know WHY Canadian authorities are so lacking in this area. I don't know whether the provincial authorities are having power struggles amongst themselves, but they need to get it together. There are thousands of missing people in Canada who are unaccounted for.

Gina_M
09-08-2007, 10:51 PM
There are thousands of missing people in Canada who are unaccounted for.

That could be affecting our cases in the U.S., too. Say we're trying to identify a UID, or someone like Sharon Marshall who was abducted and kept alive. It could be a missing person from Canada who was never listed anywhere. On the flip side, some people missing from the U.S. could have turned up as UIDs in Canada.

Rle7
05-07-2008, 08:10 AM
The families of Amber Redman, who was last seen July 15, 2005, outside Trapper's bar in Fort Qu'Appelle and five-year-old Tamra Keepness, who was reported missing from her Regina home July 6, 2004, are waiting word on their whereabouts.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/local/story.html?id=255f796e-469c-41aa-865e-58dfe7d74aba

The RCMP have charged a 29-year-old man with the murder of Saskatchewan teenager Amber Redman.

Albert Patrick Bellegarde of the Little Black Bear First Nation has been charged with the first-degree murder of Redman, 19, who disappeared in 2005, the RCMP said Tuesday afternoon.

Bellegarde appeared before a justice of the peace Tuesday afternoon in Regina. He was remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in Regina provincial court Wednesday morning.

A second man, 31, who's also from the Little Black Bear reserve, is in custody following his arrest Monday evening in Meadow Lake.

~snip~

Bellegarde was charged a day after police announced they had found human remains believed to be those of Redman on the Little Black Bear reserve about 125 kilometres northeast of Regina.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/saskatchewan/story/2008/05/06/redman-bellegarde.html

Rle7
05-11-2008, 10:58 AM
Nina Courtepatte, Katie Cardinal, Aielah Saric-Auger, Rachel Quinney, Irene LeGrande.

It is a roll call of just a few of the more than 500 aboriginal women who have been murdered or gone missing in Western Canada in recent decades.

The dead and the missing were remembered Saturday by more than 200 people who joined the second annual Stolen Sisters Awareness Walk, which wound its way through the neighbourhoods of Spruce Avenue and Alberta Avenue.

The walk aims to raise awareness of -- and bring an end to -- the disproportionate amount of violence committed against indigenous women, who make up less than three per cent of the Canadian population.

"We talk about the 500 murdered and missing aboriginal women, but we know it is far more than that," Joanne Daniels, who is with the Institute of the Advancement of Aboriginal Women, told walk participants gathered at the Canadian Native Friendship Centre.

"Those are only the ones that have been reported," she said.

http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.html?id=ca4a2df6-aa4f-43e0-8845-23a85d8dea24

believe09
05-11-2008, 11:13 AM
Oh My Lord-how did I miss this story??? I will catch up-this is unbelievable...too much like Juarez for me...

Capt.
05-12-2008, 11:48 AM
This should be added to this thread

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Pickton

absinthe
05-27-2008, 01:37 PM
Believe...I just did a search of "Juarez" and this thread came up. I'd like to start a thread on the Juarez serial killings, do you have any good information?

anthrobones
06-11-2008, 09:10 PM
Bump up

Patience
08-05-2009, 09:41 AM
There are more than three women now connected the the highway of tears cases. I believe there are at least eight. www.highwayoftears.ca (http://www.highwayoftears.ca)


Latest NEWS April 19, 2009 - See News (http://www.highwayoftears.ca/news-3.htm)!

Twitter by Private PI Ray Michalko re Highway of Tears (http://twitter.com/highwayoftears)


Inquiry demands getting louder (http://www.highwayoftears.ca/news-3.htm#nquiry_demands_getting_louder_)

Erickson new Highway of Tears co-ordinator (http://www.highwayoftears.ca/news-3.htm#Erickson_new_Highway_of_Tears_co-ordinator_)

Open letter calls for public inquiry into missing and murdered women (http://www.highwayoftears.ca/news-3.htm#Open_letter_calls_for_public_inquiry_into_mi ssing_and_murdered_women_)



Here is a recent thread on how Saskatchewan is taking a look at a possible serial offender.

RCMP reviewing cold-case homicides for signs of serial killer - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community

passionflower
08-05-2009, 10:36 AM
It's a great idea that these families have united to find their loved ones and demand justice.
Bless them......this is awful,to many gone!

Balthazar
08-05-2009, 04:50 PM
Is there any way we can get a complete list of the women and girls names?

Patience
08-05-2009, 05:20 PM
Lighting The Way Home has Missing People listed by Provinces - Canada

Canada - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community

Here is a respected blog that might help.

Finding the names of all the missing in Canada is a tough job. While we do compile stats on missing children, there is no such references for the missing women.

http://hazel8500.wordpress.com/2006/05/17/missing-women-in-canada-from-1971-2002/

THE WOMEN:
1971
HELEN BETTY OSBORNE, aged 19 was abducted by four men and brutally murdered near The Pas, Manitoba, on November 13, 1971. Although four men participated in her rape and murder, only one man was convicted 17 years later and served five years of a life sentence
COLLEEN SHOOK, of Burnaby, BC, stabbed to death while getting off a bus. UNSOLVED
1975
JUDY DICK, aged 14 of BC repeatedly stabbed in heart and stomach in BC. 27 years later an Ontario man has been charged wtih her murder.
CHARLENE CATHOLIQUE, aged 15. DOB June 23, 1975. .Missing since July 18, 1990 from Snowdrift, Northwest Territories Canada., where she attended a conference. UNSOLVED.
1980
ANN RUBY THRELFELL, 24, of Vancouver, BC, strangled to death, Jan. 12, 1980.UNSOLVED
JACKALEEN PATRICIA DYCK, aged 23 years old, stabbed 28 times as her two young children slept in the next room, in her home in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on October 3, 1980. UNSOLVED
1981
MARY JANE SERLOIN, aged 35, missing on December 23, 1981.
Mary Jane’s nude body was found in in Lethbridge, Alberta on December 25, 1981.
John Wayne Crawford was convicted of her murder. He was sentenced to ten years in prison, and was released in 1989. He immediately went on another murder spree rapping, torturing and killing at least three other young first Nations women.
1983
REBECCA GUNO, aged 23, drug addicted prostitute disappeared from downtown eastside Vancouver June 23, 1983. Reported missing June 25, 1983. UNSOLVED
MARIE EDITH BANKS, strangled on August 15, 1983, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. UNSOLVED
1984
YVONNE MARLENE ABIGOSIS, aged 23.. born November 23d, 1957, last seen on January 1st, 1984 and reported missing on May 22nd, 2002. UNSOLVED
CONSTANCE LYNNE CAMERON, strangled August 3, 1984 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.Constance’s body was found face down with her arms stretched over her head. A black tank top, which she had been wearing, was rolled up to her neck suggesting that her body had been dragged to this location.UNSOLVED
1985
UNIDENTIFIED first nations girl between 14 – 16, whose skull was found in Stanley Park(Vancouver)near Beaver Lake, July 17, 1990. It is believed she was killed sometime between 1985 and 1990. UNSOLVED
RACHEL TURLEY, 20, found Oct. 28, 1985, beaten and strangled . in Vancouver .UNSOLVED
1986
CHANTAL MARIE VENNE, 21, in Esquimalt, BC, was found strangled with the belt of her coat and her hands bound. with the belt of her coat and her hands bound. Was tortured, sexually assaulted and her partly clad body dumped in an industrial area on Feb. 25, 1986.UNSOLVED
DONNA ROSE KISS, aged 25, of BC on Aug. 2, 1986. She was strangled with a tie and her body was dumped UNSOLVED
1987
BERNADETTE LECLAIR, raped and murdered in Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1987. A man was finally arrested in July, 2000, but a trial has not yet been had. UNSOLVED
DONNA CHARLIE,from Fort Ware, BC. raped and murdered at the Sportsman Hotel in Prince George BC in 1987. UNSOLVED
DONNA TEBBENHAM, raped and murdered in Thunder Bay in 1987. A man was finally arrested in July, 2000, but a trial has not yet been had. UNSOLVED
NAOMI LEIGH DESJARLAIS was found murdered in Regina in 1987. UNSOLVED
CAROL RUBY DAVIS, aged 29, whose partly nude body was dumped in the bush near Wiggins Ave. in Burnaby, BC, June 20, 1987. She was the mother of two and a known drug user.She had been stabbed to death. UNSOLVED
1988
ROSE MINNIE PETERS, 28, of Vancouver, BC strangled, beaten and sexually assaulted April 3, 1988. UNSOLVED
TERESSA WILLIAMS, aged 16. Teressa is a know drug user and sex trade worker in the downtown east side Vancouver. She was last seen in July 1988 and reported missing in March 1999. UNSOLVED
LISA MARIE GAVIN, 21, of Vancouver, BC, beaten, sexually assaulted and strangled before being dumped in a lane behind Knight Rd. Aug. 13/88. UNSOLVED
GEORGETTE FLINT, aged 19. Her her half-naked decomposed body was found in September 1988 in Alberta
ALBERTA WILLIAMS, aged 24, found murdered Sept. 25, 1988. in BC
She had been reported missing a month earlier. UNSOLVED
1989
CATHERINE MARY DAIGNAULT , aged 40,of Vancouver, found beaten to death at a Maple Ridge construction site,May 31, 1989. UNSOLVED
FRANCES ANN GRANT, 33, of Vancouver, whose nude body was found dumped behind a house June , 1989. UNSOLVED
WENDY POOLE, aged 26, of Vancouver, found beaten to death Jan. 26, 1989 on the second floor of a Downtown Eastside housing co-op. She was the mother of one and was pregnant with her second child. A man arrested in connection with her death was later acquitted. UNSOLVED
1990
CHARLENE KERR, 29, of Vancouver, BC. discovered in a pool of blood in a Gastown Hotel. She was a drug addicted prostitute and is believed to have been killed during a robbery in 1990. UNSOLVED
JANE LOUISE SUTHERLAND, a Cree teenager,She’d been strangled and her skull crushed with repeated blows from a blunt instrument in Ottawa area in 1990. UNSOLVED
BONNIE KATE WHALAN, 32, of Vancouver BC whose remains were found near the Seymour River in North Vancouver, April 2, 1990. UNSOLVED
CHERI LYNN SMITH, aged 18, of Victoria, BC, who had been a peer counsellor and a B-plus student in Victoria until she met her teenage boyfriend who later became her pimp. She disappeared in June 1990.Her badly decomposed body was found dumped in bushed in a Saanich regional park, Sept. 9, 1990.She was beaten to death. Police believe her murder is linked to the the murders of three other prostitutes..UNSOLVED
NANCY JANE BOB, In August 1990,
Trevor Rodney Peters, who pleaded guilty to murder and received a life sentence
KIMBERLEY GALLUP, 18, of Victoria, BC, was working as a prostitute She was found at 4 a.m. Nov.21,1990 in a room at the Colony Motor Inn, strangled.UNSOLVED
1991
MELISSA NICHOLSON, 17, found slain beside a gravel road at Shawnigan lake, BC, June 11, 1991. UNSOLVED
GLENDA MORRISSEAU, aged 19. Glenda, a student at R.B. Russell School, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Last seen alive during the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 17, 1991 Glenda’s partially naked and battered body was discovered on Wednesday, August 7, 1991, in a St. Boniface industrial area, about five kilometers from where she was last seen. UNSOLVED
CRYSTAL WRIGHT, aged 19, of Kelowna, BC, found dead at the Abbott Villa Inn, Sept. 26,1991. The man who killed her turned himself in at the police station claiming he was drunk at the time. He got 2 1/2 years in jail. She was seven months pregnant.
SHIRLEY LONETHUNDER originally from White Bear First Nation in southeast Saskatchewan.Disappeared in 1991 UNSOLVED
BERNADINE STANDINGREADY, 26, of Vancouver, BC, found murdered Nov. 12, 1991. UNSOLVED
1992
CHERYL-ANNE JOE, 26, murdered and sexually mutilated, Jan 20, 1992 A Vancouver man charged with her murder.. UNSOLVED
CRYSTA LYNN DAVID, 21, found March 25, 1992, smothered to death in her basement suite in New Westminster, BC. UNSOLVED
PATRICIA PENDLETON, 29, of Mission, BC, stabbed 21 times in the throat and 5 times in the torso with two separate knives in June /92;There was no evidence of sexual activity, but the wounds were consistent with torture. Her skull had been fractured by one or more blows. Scott Clifford Aune, 29, also of Mission was charged with second degree murder in the vicious killing, but was found not guilty. UNSOLVED

see link for rest of Blogger Hazel's research.

WhyaDuck?
10-04-2009, 11:24 PM
Vigils honour hundreds of missing aboriginal women

Oct 04, 2009 07:26 PM

THE CANADIAN PRESS

Dozens of vigils were held across the country Sunday to remember more than 500 aboriginal women who have vanished in the last three decades and to draw attention to what organizers called a national tragedy.

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"We call for a national plan of action that recognizes the violence faced by aboriginal women because they are aboriginal," organizer Alana Lee said as sweetgrass smoke hung heavy in the air.

"Violence against aboriginal women is too big a problem to ignore."

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"We all have a responsibility that if we see something that we don't approve of, speak up, say something because you never know, that might be the call that actually saves someone's life," she said through tears.

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"It's because of the systemic structures of poverty, colonization and racism."

The Canadian government is unwilling to protect First Nations women from the violence, Reynolds said.



(Snipped and formatted.)

More at:

http://www.thestar.com/article/705271

Rle7
10-29-2009, 09:20 AM
They are the keepers of the flame for more than 500 missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada. And their crusade has become--for the moment, anyway--the whole country's crusade.

From a cramped, west-end Ottawa office decorated with dream catchers and infused with hope, the place where a great divide is bridged between hundreds of grieving communities across Canada and the powers that be on Parliament Hill, a small team of researchers and outreach workers is trying hard not to say: "We told you so."

But the people behind Sisters in Spirit, a five-year, federally funded initiative launched in 2005 by the Native Women's Association of Canada, have been saying all along what most Canadians are just now waking up to after a recent media blitz about murdered and missing women in Western Canada.

They've been telling Canadians that the dead and disappeared are almost everywhere across the country; that there is no single serial killer at work, except apathy; that the tragedy runs deep into the history of aboriginal dispossession and discrimination; that jurisdictional tangles and cultural blind spots help explain why so many killings and so many vanished women have been relegated to the cold-case file.

http://www.calgaryherald.com/Sisters+lead+hunt+native+justice/2142532/story.html

Rle7
02-15-2011, 01:50 AM
Some of the hundreds who marched through Vancouver's Downtown Eastside on Valentine's Day to remember the city's missing and murdered women say they're still concerned a forthcoming public inquiry is solely focused on the high-profile case of serial killer Robert Pickton.

Carrying baskets of red and yellow roses, giant photo collages of lost loved ones and hand-printed signs warning about the "danger" of certain men, the large crowd walked through drenching rain after a memorial service in a Downtown Eastside community centre.

It was the 20th year for the annual march, which started as residents of the blighted neighbourhood tried desperately to bring attention to women -- many aboriginal sex workers -- who were disappearing in growing numbers.

Just before Monday's grim ceremony, advocates spoke out about what they say are inadequacies with the provincial inquiry, which is expected to get under way later this year. Among their concerns were a perceived lack of consultation with the victims' families and aboriginal groups, as well as the appointment of just a single commissioner to oversee the hearings.

"We're talking about, frankly, the most pressing social issue of our time," Angela MacDougall, one of several march organizers, told a news conference.

"We should all be extremely concerned by this lack of attention by the provincial government."

Another big mistake is failing to include women and girls who have vanished for years along the so-called Highway of Tears in northern British Columbia, she said.

http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110214/bc_march_110214/20110214?hub=BritishColumbiaHome

carbuff
02-16-2011, 10:43 PM
Is there a list of these missing women anywhere, with descriptions and other information? The Unidentified section lists a number of women who are thought to be of native ancestry who might be connected.

WhyaDuck?
02-16-2011, 10:46 PM
Is there a list of these missing women anywhere, with descriptions and other information? The Unidentified section lists a number of women who are thought to be of native ancestry who might be connected.

You'll find some here:

http://www.highwayoftears.ca/
http://www.thehighwayoftears.piczo.com/?cr=1
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2560171651

I will look for more/better links for you.

I would actually like to see a subforum for the Highway of Tears.

carbuff
02-16-2011, 10:55 PM
You'll find some here:

http://www.highwayoftears.ca/
http://www.thehighwayoftears.piczo.com/?cr=1
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2560171651

I will look for more/better links for you.

I would actually like to see a subforum for the Highway of Tears.

Thank you!

Yes, a forum would be a good idea. It's a large and complex investigation and deserves much more attention than it gets. Those poor women...

WhyaDuck?
02-16-2011, 11:00 PM
Thank you!

Yes, a forum would be a good idea. It's a large and complex investigation and deserves much more attention than it gets. Those poor women...

The reason I suggest it is that there does seem to be a need for resources on the missing victims, and I think WS would be a great place for it.

People should care more about this. It is a horrible thing.

WhyaDuck?
02-17-2011, 01:36 AM
Is there a list of these missing women anywhere, with descriptions and other information? The Unidentified section lists a number of women who are thought to be of native ancestry who might be connected.

http://missingnativewomen.ca/

carbuff
02-17-2011, 10:18 AM
http://missingnativewomen.ca/

Oh, thank you, this is exactly what I was looking for!

believe09
02-17-2011, 11:32 AM
While we explore this, I want to express some thoughts. There is a fine line between acknowleging the lifestyle of the missing/murdered women and blaming them for being victims. I doubt anyone wakes up one day and says, "hey I think I will become the possible victim of a serial predator by behaving in xyz fashion."

People who are marginalized need more attention than most in a case like this, imo. A transient lifestyle makes you hard to look for-some where there is a family member sadly wondering where their loved one is. Being a native doesnt appear to me to be the sole reason to consider someone marginalized, either...so I think we have to be very sensitive while we explore the relationships between these cases.

My :twocents:

WhyaDuck?
02-17-2011, 01:11 PM
Some more listings:

http://cmm.lefora.com/2009/09/07/canadian-girlswomen-missingmurdered-highway-of-tea/

WhyaDuck?
02-17-2011, 01:14 PM
Another WS thread on this topic:
BC 'Highway of Tears' search of property - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community

WhyaDuck?
02-21-2011, 07:08 AM
New forum up and running:

Western Canada's Highway of Tears - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community

Hazel
11-26-2011, 11:38 AM
OTTAWA — Some street prostitutes in Ottawa’s east end say they are unsettled after learning that a john tried to kill one of their colleagues, who was choked unconscious and then dragged to her attacker’s car.
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Working in the Ottawa east end’s sex trade has been particularly tough the past few years.

Jennifer Stewart, 36, was found dead in a Vanier parking lot in August 2010.

Kelly Morrisseau, 27, and pregnant, was found naked and bleeding in a parking lot near Gatineau Park in 2006.

She died in hospital and an autopsy showed she had been stabbed at least a dozen times while trying to fight off her attacker.

The Vanier street prostitutes, both aboriginal, were knifed to death.

Jennifer Stewart worked the same Vanier streets as Morrisseau. Also a mother, she turned tricks to feed her crack habit. She had stab wounds to her head, legs and wrists and was found dead a short walk from her apartment.

Around the time Stewart was killed, streetwalkers of Vanier, as they call themselves, said they had been having a lot of trouble with two bad johns.

One was said to flash a badge of some sort, say he was a police officer and demand free sexual favours, threatening arrest if the prostitute refused. Another john was said to be quick to wave a knife to force them to give him sex for free


There are 41 unsolved murders on the Ottawa Police books, including several prostitute killings. The latest involved a woman named Leeanne Lawson, who was found dead in a parking lot near King Edward Avenue in September. [2011]


http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Ottawa+faces+attempted+murder+charge+after+prostit ute+attacked/5763237/story.html

Omori
03-03-2012, 05:46 PM
I think you're missing something, since I'm a history teacher. The Trail of Tears has been in history books for years, as has been Wounded Knee. Every h.s. history teacher that I know teaches both. And, yes, they are both in The Americans, a widely distributed text.

These incidences are certainly NOT taught to any real degree in American schools. I never knew anything about Wounded Knee other than the name until I read Brown's book back in high school on my own. The first time i heard about the Trail of Tears was as a boy when I got map from my mother than showed it plotted out. It was years before I read in depth about it from the books of John Upton Terrell and cannot recall it being covered in school except perhaps very lightly. Incidents as the Sand Creek Massacre were never mentioned at all and i doubt that they still are. The incident was so horrific, so unbelievable, that I doubt a single white American wants his or her child to be taught about the kind of things their ancestors did to "civilize" this country. Or that this kind of thing went on in Vietnam (My Lai) and Iraq.

At the same time, when I read the title of this folder from the main page, even before I opened it, I knew if was going to be about native women and not white women. It had to be. If that many white women were disappearing in Canada, the whole world would have heard about it. It's inconceivable that many native women could die or disappear but nobody really cares. If they were white, the cops would have caught the guy long ago. Don't bother to argue that with me because you won't change my mind.

Tulessa
03-16-2012, 07:24 PM
If someone wants to talk about a racial group that gets little or no media attention or discussion...

Try to find "Trail of Tears" in your kid's history books! :furious:

My ancestors walked that trail. :(

Claudette
11-17-2012, 10:04 PM
There is a 48 Hours show on this right now on CBS.

trigger
11-17-2012, 10:38 PM
There is a 48 Hours show on this right now on CBS.


Im watching it now...breathtaking

Claudette
11-17-2012, 10:51 PM
Im watching it now...breathtaking

I just realized right now it's a new episode, I thought it was a repeat.

Claudette
11-17-2012, 10:56 PM
Wow - I haven't been following this case much but they suspect the recently discovered American killer to be a killer of up to 7 women in Oregon.

Claudette
11-17-2012, 10:58 PM
I wish the show covered more of the other girls, but I guess they only have an hour and sadly in the other cases the girls just simply disappeared.

trigger
11-17-2012, 11:50 PM
I wish the show covered more of the other girls, but I guess they only have an hour and sadly in the other cases the girls just simply disappeared.


i agree. So many girls are missing, seems unfair. It should have been a 2 hour show.

trigger
11-17-2012, 11:57 PM
If anyone missed 48=Highway of Tears you can watch it at this link below

Highway of Tears - 48 Hours - CBS News

wantjustice
11-18-2012, 01:42 AM
i agree. So many girls are missing, seems unfair. It should have been a 2 hour show.

I was disappointed on that too! They could have said it was a 2 hour show and they would continue it later or started it at 9 and added more stories. I know the other girls' families would want to talk about their missing women and children. I felt like the story was half-told and with such a massive amount of people missing murdered it would have been easy to fill two hours.

wantjustice
03-13-2013, 08:14 PM
Just watched, "Finding Dawn". If you can find it and watch, I highly recommend it. It tells more stories about the missing First Nation women from Canada. Made me cry often. I am hoping with people getting the word out, standing up for women and children, the violence will end.

Danaya
05-08-2013, 06:36 PM
We are taught all about colonialism, residential schools and the assimilation of FN peoples in Canadian universities. As an education major, the indigenous studies course is mandatory and it is taught by an Aboriginal person and focuses largely on residential schools and the effects of colonization, as well as focusing on Aboriginal spirituality and tribal history. It is no longer ignored by the education system. It is very integrated and actually, is a large focus for the education system, at least at the university I attend.

I recently wrote a research paper on missing Aboriginal women in Canada and concluded that most of the missing Aboriginal women shared similar lifestyle factors. The number 500 is not an official number. As was said already, there is no database of missing Aboriginal women. SIS was trying to create one but the Canadian government stopped funding to them last year, I believe. The number 500 was a result of research preformed by the NWAC and refers to the number of missing or murdered Aboriginal women.

I came to the conclusion that many of these women shared high risk lifestyle factors which included prostitution, transiency, and alcohol or drug use. This is NOT an attempt to blame the victim; I believe it's important in identifying the underlying cause of this epidemic. I came to believe this in reading NUMEROUS missing women files, conducting an interview with a detective at KARE as well as a veteran crime reporter, watching Finding Dawn and reading texts. The larger issue involves providing community support, childhood intervention and funding to Aboriginal people.

However, I will not deny that there is certainly a particular image that white Canadian society has of aboriginal women--easy, squaws, prostitutes--that perhaps perpetuates stereotypes that certainly results in predators targeting aboriginal women. Obviously, John Crawford is an example of one such predator although, many other are out there who have not been caught.

mikkismom
06-17-2013, 12:29 PM
National trek looks to raise awareness for missing and murdered Aboriginal women

http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2013/06/17/national-trek-looks-to-raise-awareness-for-missing-and-murdered-aboriginal-women/

HMSHood
06-17-2013, 03:01 PM
I suspect that the serial killer or serial killers likely lives amongst the Aboriginal people of Canada and is one of them. Someone probably know who that person is. Reminds me of the I-45 Killer or Ciudad Juarez Murders.

LadyL
06-17-2013, 03:22 PM
I suspect that the serial killer or serial killers likely lives amongst the Aboriginal people of Canada and is one of them. Someone probably know who that person is. Reminds me of the I-45 Killer or Ciudad Juarez Murders.

I think it's a long-haul or even short-haul trucker and a white man.

HMSHood
06-17-2013, 11:27 PM
I think it's a long-haul or even short-haul trucker and a white man.

Just as possible as well. I wonder if this could be a work of multiple killers.

tarabull
03-03-2014, 11:36 PM
Natives blockade roads in Ontario to call for missing women inquiry
March 3rd, 2014

BELLEVILLE, Ont. - A popular Mohawk agitator in eastern Ontario is once again leading a highway blockade - this time to push for an inquiry into missing native women across Canada.

http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/canada/archives/2014/03/20140303-111155.html

Linda7NJ
03-03-2014, 11:58 PM
Natives blockade roads in Ontario to call for missing women inquiry
March 3rd, 2014

BELLEVILLE, Ont. - A popular Mohawk agitator in eastern Ontario is once again leading a highway blockade - this time to push for an inquiry into missing native women across Canada.

http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/canada/archives/2014/03/20140303-111155.html


"Agitator"??? I don't care for the negative connotation that adjective implies.

WTH?


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