In the face of persistent inaction by the federal government and Canadian law enforcement, the country’s largest news broadcaster has launched a nationwide special investigative series that explores the cases of over 200 missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada, stretching back to 1951.
After an “exhaustive search for families who have lost a relative either to an unsolved killing or whose loved one still remains missing,” CBC News has located and interviewed more than 110 families about the cases so far.
Their findings support previous declarations by women’s groups, First Nations advocates, and international human rights watchdogs who say that police and government efforts to address the national crisis have fallen far short.
In fact, CBC reports, “Many family members and friends of missing and murdered women said the call from CBC News was the first time they had been contacted about their relative.”
Chief Andrew Colomb, leader of the Marcel Colomb First Nation, near Lynn Lake, Manintoba, told CBC: “This is the first time anyone has ever called me in regards to what’s happened to aboriginal people in the town of Lynn Lake.”
According to CBC‘s reporting, when families were asked to rate the quality of the police investigation in each case—on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being excellent—the average rating was 2.8.
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