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    Highway of Tears documentary: Q&A with director Matthew Smiley

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/highway-of-tears-documentary-q-a-with-director-matthew-smiley-1.2841080
    Director says 'all need to be accountable' and take action on missing and murdered indigenous women
    It's a stretch of highway in Northern B.C. that's infamously dubbed the Highway of Tears. In the last four decades there have been 18 documented cases of women who have been murdered, or gone missing, along Highway 16. Ten of those women are indigenous.
    A documentary called Highway of Tears debuted at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2014 in the spring. TIFF called it a “hard-hitting documentary” that chronicles the murdered and missing, and shows “how the systemic racism that defined their lives also contributed to their deaths.”


    Matthew Smiley is an actor, writer, artist, and filmmaker and a driving force behind this documentary. CBC Aboriginal wanted to know what drove this Montreal-born, L.A.-based producer and director to take on this project.

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    B.C. Highway of Tears study polls hitchhikers' habits

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-highway-of-tears-study-polls-hitchhikers-habits-1.2653808
    At least 18 women and girls disappeared or were killed along or near Highway 16 since 1969
    Hitchhiking season is well underway in northern British Columbia, and that means Prof. Jacqueline Holler regularly drives by people hoping for a lift along Highway 16, not far from her home in the Prince George area.
    For some people living in the region, where a grim history of missing and murdered women has earned Highway 16 the nickname the Highway of Tears, thumbing rides is a fact of life.


    "Some are travelling, some are going tree planting, some are just coming into Prince George to do some shopping," says Holler, who teaches gender studies at the University of Northern British Columbia.

    These images are of 18 women and girls whose deaths and disappearances are part of the RCMP's investigation of the Highway of Tears in British Columbia. The women were either found or last seen near Highway 16 or near Highways 97 and 5. (Individual photos from highwayoftears.ca)

    "I don't see that changing, especially with diminishing transportation options in the north."
    Holler is currently working with the RCMP to study hitchhiking in northern B.C.

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    Highway of Tears communities want fixes from B.C.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...-b-c-1.2647209
    Recommendations not implemented after inquiries into missing, murdered women and girls
    Sally Gibson has been waiting nearly two decades for answers about what became of her niece, a 19-year-old forestry student from a small First Nation in northern British Columbia who vanished along the Highway of Tears.
    There's the official story: Lana Derrick was out with some friends and at some point ended up in a car with two unidentified men, with whom she was last seen at a gas station along Highway 16 near Terrace in the early morning of Oct. 7, 1995.

    Lana Derrick is shown in this undated RCMP handout. Derrick, a student at Northwest Community College in Terrace, was last seen in October 1995 at a gas station near Terrace. (RCMP handout/CP)

    But that's just one of the many theories, rumours and guesses Gibson and her relatives have heard over the years, a painful reminder that no one — not the family, not the police — has any idea about what happened.

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    Highway of tears: Women have gone missing for years

    OFFICIALLY it is called Highway 16. But to many, the notorious stretch of road where dozens of women have simply disappeared or turned up dead, has come to be known as the Highway of Tears. No one knows exactly how many have vanished along the 800km road through British Columbia in Canada, though some say the number could be as high as 40.
    http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/rea...-1227186994208

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    Highway of Tears hitchhiking study stalled due to lack of funding

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...ding-1.2899510
    A study on why women hitchhike along the so-called "Highway of Tears" between Prince George and Prince Rupert has stalled after researchers ran out of funding.The study began as an online survey in 2012, and University of Northern British Columbia professor Jacqueline Holler said the next phase — in-person interviews — is in jeopardy.
    "So many people have contacted us saying 'I want to participate, but I want to be interviewed in person.' It's also important because looking at the demographic information that people put in on-line, we believe that we're not talking to a truly representative group across the north," she told Daybreak North's Russell Bowers.
    The study has received a small grant from the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, but Holler said there isn't enough funding to make the necessary interviews a reality.
    "I think we desperately need more information on all aspects of this problem," she said.

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    Editorial: Less study, more action needed for missing aboriginal women

    A recent appeal by the inter-American Commission on Human Rights for a Canadian inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women provided little fresh justification for such an undertaking.
    As has been observed in the past, the extent of violence against aboriginal women is already well known.
    Police forces and social agencies for years have been looking at this critical problem. The RCMP issued in late 2013 a National Operation Overview, reporting that from 1980-2012, 1,181 aboriginal women were murdered or are missing across Canada. Most of the 1,017 homicides were committed by men who knew their victims.
    Two years before the RCMP released this tally, the Native Women’s Association of Canada and the Feminist Alliance for International Action had requested an investigation by the inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an arm of the Organization of American States.
    The seven-member panel on Monday released its findings in Ottawa, joining a chorus of voices that have been urging Ottawa to set up a national inquiry.
    As most Canadians know from past experience, such probes cost millions of dollars and take years to conduct, delaying any relevant remedial action. The resulting reports almost always gather dust.
    For these legitimate reasons, Stephen Harper has repeatedly rejected this option.
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    Coyne: Public inquiry on murdered aboriginal women isn't justified
    The murder of any human being is a crime, and a tragedy. It is the subject of society's strictest taboo and severest penalty, and yet every year hundreds of Canadians are murdered. Some of these, roughly 40 per year, are aboriginal women.
    What is it about their murders, alone among the rest, that justifies the demands, now heard on all sides, for a public inquiry? The idea is not objectionable in itself. The prime minister's abrupt dismissal of the suggestion - "we should not view this as a sociological phenomenon" - is almost cartoonishly simplistic. Every crime is the product both of the choice of a culpable individual and of the social circumstances that shaped him or her; where we see large numbers of individuals in similar circumstances committing the same crime, it is only common sense to investigate the possibility of a link between the two.
    Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Coy...#ixzz3QJIHvbOi

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    RCMP warned budget cuts would hamper Highway of Tears probe


    Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/rcmp-wa...#ixzz3QnnJuIkq
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    A list of the victims along B.C.'s Highway of Tears

    - See more at: http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/n....ukQP4B6y.dpuf
    No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. - 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)

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    Not strictly Highway of Tears, but wrt missing aboriginal women across Canada:

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    RCMP to release second report on missing aboriginal women

    GLORIA GALLOWAY
    OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
    Published Tuesday, Mar. 31 2015, 8:41 PM EDT
    Last updated Wednesday, Apr. 01 2015, 9:37 AM EDT

    The RCMP is preparing to release another report on Canada’s murdered and missing aboriginal women – a surprise to the indigenous groups that have been lobbying the federal government to hold a public inquiry to discern the causes of the tragedy.

    The new report, which the RCMP says will be released in May, is expected to be an update of a shocking report last year that said at least 1,181 indigenous women were murdered or disappeared between 1980 and 2012. The numbers proved what aboriginal leaders had been saying for years: that indigenous women were meeting violent ends far more often than other Canadian women. It led to renewed calls for a national inquiry ...


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    B.C. government accused of deliberately destroying Highway of Tears internal records
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    B.C.'s privacy commissioner says she's launched an investigation after government accused of widespread and systemic abuse of the Freedom of Information law
    Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/gov...#ixzz3bThmKVBh

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    Women are still going missing': Despite assurances, no progress on B.C.’s infamous Highw

    http://news.nationalpost.com/news/ca...ghway-of-tears
    VANCOUVER — A year and a half after a public inquiry called for urgent action to protect women along a stretch of highway in northern British Columbia known as the Highway of Tears, mayors and other leaders in the region say the province has yet to contact them about what needs to happen.
    Internal briefing notes also indicate a team of bureaucrats assigned to hold consultations with communities along Highway 16, where women have been disappearing or turning up dead for decades, have put that work on hold for much of the past year.
    What emerges is a picture of slow progress that appears to contradict the province’s claims that it has been busy holding a “tremendous number” of meetings about the issue with local governments.

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    New Opera to tell the story of Missing and murdered woman

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...ampaign=buffer
    Set in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and along the Highway of Tears, a new opera is in the works that will tell the tragic story of Canada's missing and murdered indigenous women.
    Written as a chamber piece, Missing Women, will incorporate Aboriginal themes and music.
    First Nations filmmaker, playwright and performance artist Marie Clements will be the librettist for the opera. Clements was approached by City Opera for the project.
    She says she is privileged to tell the stories of Canada's missing and murdered women, a tragedy that weighs heavily in B.C. where there are at least 65 unsolved cases dating back to 1951.
    "To bear witness to that in my time is something that lives in me," she said. Clement hopes the opera will allow audiences to immerse themselves in their stories.

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    RCMP alerted after B.C. staffer allegedly deleted Highway of Tears emails ...

    VICTORIA -- B.C.'s privacy commissioner has alerted RCMP after releasing a scathing report identifying major failures in the access to information practices of Premier Christy Clark's office and two ministries.

    Elizabeth Denham found it's likely that Transport Ministry assistant George Gretes deleted emails, didn't completely respond to freedom of information requests and then lied about it under oath ...
    full article at:
    http://bc.ctvnews.ca/rcmp-alerted-af...ails-1.2622905

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    Highway of Tears gets $3-million safety plan from BC government ...

    The five-point plan includes $1.6-million for transit expansion, $750,000 for community transportation grant programs, $150,000 for a First Nations driver education program, $500,000 for highway safety measures including shelters and webcams and “collaboration to increase interconnectivity of services.” ...
    full article at:
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...ticle27748817/

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