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A searing and revelatory account of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls of Highway 16, and an indictment of the society that failed them.

For decades, Indigenous women and girls have gone missing or been found murdered along an isolated stretch of highway in northwestern British Columbia. The highway is known as the Highway of Tears, and it has come to symbolize a national crisis.

Journalist Jessica McDiarmid meticulously investigates the devastating effect these tragedies have had on the families of the victims and their communities, and how systemic racism and indifference have created a climate where Indigenous women and girls are over-policed, yet under-protected. Through interviews with those closest to the victims - mothers and fathers, siblings and friends - McDiarmid provides an intimate, first-hand account of their loss and relentless fight for justice. Examining the historically fraught social and cultural tensions between settlers and Indigenous peoples in the region, McDiarmid links these cases to others across Canada - now estimated to number up to 4,000 - contextualizing them within a broader examination of the undervaluing of Indigenous lives in the country.

Highway of Tears is a powerful story about our ongoing failure to provide justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and a testament to their families and communities' unwavering determination to find it.

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©2019 Jessica McDiarmid (P)2019 Doubleday Canada

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Social justice pandering

The story was good and focused on the victims and their families. This was good and the information was on point. I had a hard time with the constant guilt tripping and pandering to social justice issues.

Its much more likely that the vast wilderness and lack of police force capabilities combined with the historical racial discrimination led to it being mostly indigenous women as victims. That's just what happened, however the fact that it was them, and not so much white women is a product of these issues but is not the fault of everyone else. It's also not the fault of the other victims for having strong nuclear family support systems which led to their vastly larger media coverage and resource allocation abilities. It is the historical disgusting practices of the canadian government in the way they dealt with the native population and not the common person's fault.

The book strongly insinuates that these murders are only unsolved because of racism and sexism. it even goes so far as to link it all to LGBTQ discrimination even though none of the victims were any of those titles. I just can't see the link and in my own opinion which belongs to me, I believe blaming racism and social injustice for all the problems facing northern B.C creates more of it. constantly focusing on racism ect keeps it alive and in the spotlight, I think things are changing for the better overall in B.C I live here. The more we talk about it and use it as a blanket reason for everything wrong the more it lingers and the stronger it becomes. Just my 2 cents.

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Heartwrenching

Canadians who question the findings of the MMIW inquiry need to read this book. It is a poignant story that is told with care and compassion. The stories are well told allowing the reader to feel connected to each family and have great sympathy.

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It's an important story that needs to be told

But in such great, pedantic detail? I wanted to hear the stories of the MMIW instead of politics and criticism.

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A must read for Canadians

Another heart wrenching account of Canada's shameful history with racism and neglect. It's a must read to build the empathy required to heal our country from these wounds.

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An eye opening read.

Finished the book last night.
Since I started the book, I started making sure my door is locked at night.
It opened my eyes to how bad life is and was for indigenous women and children. 14 and 15 year old girls who were kidnapped, raped, tortured and killed. Their families left to search on their own with zero support from the local law enforcement. Worried mothers told their child has probably run away to live on the DTES.
My heart breaks for the families left behind.
Ramona Wilson's death is still not solved, eventhough someone had called in saying they were there and know what happened. The police did not follow up on that lead. But if she was a different, more accepted race, her murder would have been solved.
#mmiwandgirls
#IndigeousLivesMatter

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It’s a must read! We all need to know this story.

Heartbreaking but gives you hope that light is finally being shed in how indigenous women have always been treat and continue to be. So well written. I’ll be on the walk this summer!!

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Well Researched, and Unforgettable.

I appreciated the background information, and the family stories on these girls, and women. Many times I had to stop listening, too collect myself before starting again.

A well researched look into the many ways we have failed our First Nation Sisters.

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Thank you

These stories need to be shared over and over - Jessica does so with such brilliant humanity.

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Just get it. It's worth is.

As I realize now how close I came to being another name on that high. I take the time to remember the women that never for the finish there journey as I did and I thank the creater the universe and whatever lease kept me safe on the highway. This book pays tribute to these girls it's powerful and well written.

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Very good book

Eye opening book that goes far more in-depth than anything I've learnt before. this will change the average Canadians view if not entirely at least partially for the need for social change to prevent needless disturbing violence

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An important story and one that cannot be ignored

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