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Highway of Tears

A True Story of Racism, Indifference and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
Written by: Jessica McDiarmid
Narrated by: Emily Nixon
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
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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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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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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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A Loving Voice

This story is tragic and a must read for Canadians in particular because it brings to light a terrible pattern threatening young women, most particularly Indigenous women. What is a standout for me in the book is the language the author uses to describe the victims and their family. It’s loving. Regardless of circumstance the murdered women were loved and valued by multiple people in their family and community. The author takes ethnicity away and delivers loving humanity for the victims and their families.

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Heartbreaking

This is a tough listen! May the lives lost be never forgotten! Praying for those left behind.

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Incredibly moving.

Honest, thoughtful, heart wrenching deep dive into the stories of indigenous Women and girls in British Columbia and the unthinkable tragedies that have happened to them and persist to this day.

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A must read for every Canadian

A must read for every Canadian. Our government has & Is continuing to fail our indigenous population, and this book is proof. Although the subject matter could be heavy, I enjoyed hearing the stories of WHO some of the women and girls were - what their personalities were, who loved(s) them, their families, etc. These are REAL people who continue to be affected by the effects of racism and colonialism.

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truly a good book!

the stories, the pain, the tears are all real. great review n story of the lives of the victims, families, friends and investigators that never gave up the fight for recognition. the fight continues. this is a must read.

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  • 2020-08-14

A must read/listen.

I loved it; such a tragic story but so well written. I highly recommend this book, I feel like all Canadians should know this story.

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A must read for ALL Canadians

this very well written book tells of the plight a First Nations women in Canada, with focus on British Columbia and the grotesque mis-handled investigations into murdered and missing women along the Highway of Tears. It is my profound hope this book helps bring further attention to the matter, and activates all Canadians to appeal to the Federal government and the Provincial governments; to address the unfairness and injustice, the harm and deaths of our women; to vigilantly protect our native and non-native women and girls.

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Great read!

Great read. I grew up in a town along highway 16 and still learned a lot. Would recommend!

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  • 2019-10-17

An important story and one that cannot be ignored

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