Indigenous people all over the world are disproportionately represented among those who are missing or murdered. Canada released a national inquiry into missing and murdered women and others in 2019, calling for major reforms among governments, businesses, advocacy organizations and social service providers. The country likely will not meet the deadline this June for an action plan, but lawmakers just allocated more than $2.2 billion to help Indigenous women. In Mexico, the murder of women is becoming one of the country’s top criminal issues. Lack of funding, corruption and poverty all fuel a growing crisis where few of the murders, especially of Indigenous women, are investigated, much less prosecuted. We’ll take time to look at the Missing and Murdered issue in our neighboring countries.
Connie Walker (Cree from the Okanese First Nation in Treaty 4 Territory) – investigative journalist and host of the podcast “Stolen”
Kimberly Bautista – founder and director of Justice for My Sister Collective
Sheila North (Cree) – former grand chief of Northern Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak and MMIW advocate
Break 1 music: Remember Me (song) Fawn Wood (artist) Kikāwiynaw (album)
Break 2 music: Youth Prayer Chant (song) Spirit Line Collective (artist) Spirit Line: Woven Together For Our Missing & Murdered Indigenous Relatives (album)