Highway of Tears 6b - The Highway of Tears


Highway of tears

[imagecaption] ‘Highway of Tears: 360 Video’ on The Current, 2016. Video: CBC. [/imagecaption]


In 2002 a non-Aboriginal woman went missing along Highway 16 in northern BC. As a result of media coverage around her disappearance, it was revealed that eight Aboriginal girls between the ages of 14 and 25 had gone missing or were found murdered along the highway. It is now understood that dozens of women and girls have disappeared along what has become known as the ‘Highway of Tears’. The majority of those disappeared and murdered have been Indigenous women and girls.

In 2005, the RCMP initiated ‘Project E-Pana‘ to investigate the cases of 18 missing and murdered women, 10 of whom were Indigenous. Part of the criteria for this investigation was that victims had to be involved in hitchhiking or what they termed ‘other high risk behaviour’, for example being a sex worker. The use of this description feeds into stereotypes about Indigenous women as well as placing blame on the victims for their disappearances and often violent murders.


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