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    Here is another website dedicated to the highway of tears:

    http://www.highwayoftears.ca

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    Funeral service for 14-year-old Aielah Saric-Auger

    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/ne...42fdaa&k=91427

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    Sunshine Wood - missing since 2/20/04

    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_...-20060220.html

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

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    Unite Investigations Into Missing Women

    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/n...8-0b9f5f0cefec

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    Missing/Murdered Women's Memorial

    the fifth annual Memorial for Canada's Missing/Murdered Native women
    will be held on Sunday March 12th at 1 pm
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    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@...
    Miigwetch!

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    http://www.canada.com/topics/news/na...d5cce2&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.
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    Activist: Native Women Deserve More

    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/Toron...85436-sun.html

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    Police Looking For Another Missing Teen

    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...3/13/7932.aspx

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

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    Frederick Found Safe

    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:...s&ct=clnk&cd=3

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    Memorial Walk Honours Spirit Of Missing Woman

    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/saskatoonstarp...e-58dfe7d74aba


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rle7
    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/Toron...85436-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.

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    Finding Dawn

    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/fich...n&id=52581&v=h

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    Native Group Wants Police Unit For Missing Women

    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/ArticleNew...905?hub=Canada

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmf View Post
    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.

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