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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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A revealing book on Canada’s dirty secret

This book does an excellent job humanizing the many victims from the highway of tears, and it is sad that this needed to be done, as they have been discarded and forgotten by most of Canadian society, including myself.

Highway of Tears also rightfully puts the spotlight on Canada’s continuing racism towards indigenous communities. A must read for all Canadians.

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truly sad and heart-wrenching...

this book will make you feel emotions you never felt before. this book is truly sad and heart-wrenching. you can't help but want to do more to get buses, cameras, free phone booth, lights and maybe shelter along the highway of tears. I have a close friend that drives that highway and she told me she still sees people (women hitchhiking). this just breaks my heart. I feel like I need to write to the government and ask them to do something about this highway. maybe you should too! it's never too late.

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Fantatic!

I could not stop listening to Highway of Tears. Should be mandatory reading in all Canadian schools and Emily Nixon's voice is perfect for this. Thank you to Jessica McDiarmid for telling the story of the Highway and it's victims in the most compelling way.

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Highway of Tears

This book brought to light many atrocities that occurred.
My heart aches for the families and friends of these missing and murdered girls and women.
While the book was difficult to hear, it was a journey I wanted to walk.

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An important story and one that cannot be ignored

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