Get a free audiobook

CDN$ 14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Jessica McDiarmid (P)2019 Doubleday Canada

What listeners say about Highway of Tears

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    180
  • 4 Stars
    18
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    161
  • 4 Stars
    12
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    158
  • 4 Stars
    15
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Thank you

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

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars

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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Couldn’t stand to listen any longer, very biased.

I have an open mind but I couldn’t stand to listen to the author blaming society for these tragedies. Bad police, bad Child and Family Services, bad society... maybe the fact that these services were involved so much prior to these events were a clue that family and community or band should pay attention and take action.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Necessary Reading

Another necessary read/listen for all Canadian and British Columbians. A heavy story that had to be told. The tragedy that is the treatment of Indigenous women across this country is appalling and more work needs to be done to protect them. A start, is by educating ourselves on this history and listening to this book opened my eyes so much.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Eye opening

Beautifully and compassionately written stories of MMIWG in Canada. Honouring these women and girls by telling their stories is so important.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amiesbookreviews
  • 2019-10-17

An important story and one that cannot be ignored

My full review will be available on my blog at Amiesbookreviews dot WordPress dot com