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Missing and murdered Indigenous women and Girls
A corresponding mass movement in the US and Canada works to raise awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) through organized marches; the building of databases; local community, city council, and tribal council meetings; and domestic violence trainings for police. Photo: American Indian Republic

Human-rights crisis disproportionately affects Indigenous peoples in Canada and the United States, notably those in the FNMI (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) and Native American communities.

Here are some of so many missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) in Canada:

Mindy Tran

Mindy Tran

File # 104200122
Kelowna, BC

The eight-year-old had gone out to play just after dinner, Aug. 17, 1994. When she didn't return, a search was called and hundreds of area residents fanned out across the neighbourhood to find who was described by many as a studious and friendly child, according to Capital News archives.

Tina Michelle Fontain

Tina Fontaine

File # 104200095
Winnipeg, MB

Tina Michelle Fontaine, 15, was a First Nations teenage youth who initially went missing multiple times throughout the early month of August 2014, but later found deceased. She was last seen alive accompanying an individual that was solicitating a sex act from her. Fontaine's body was later found at the bottom of the Red River.

Lisa Marie Young

Lisa Young

File # 104200062
Nanaimo, BC

Lisa Marie Young had spent the night at a local nightclub and several house parties, before accepting a ride to a fast food restaurant from a man she had just met. Young spent the night at a nightclub in Downtown Nanaimo called Jungle where she and several friends celebrated the birthday of their friend.

Aielah Saric-Auger

Aielah Saric-Auger

File # 104200177
Prince George, BC

Aielah Saric-Auger was born on December 30, 1991 in Edmonton, Alberta. A member of the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation, she was the youngest of six children. Aielah didn't have an easy life growing up. When she was young, she and her mother, Audrey, were driving when their car slid on black ice.

Virginia Samapare

Jean Sampare

File # 104200049
Gitsegukla, BC

Jean Virginia Sampare was last seen by her cousin on Highway 16 outside Gitsegukla on October 14, 1971. He left her alone as he cycled home to get a jacket, and she was gone when he returned. Growing up, Sampare was described as a shy, quiet child who sang teasing songs to her siblings.

Dorothy Georgina Abel

Dorothy Abel

File # 104200135
Yellowknife, N.W.T

In July 1996, Dorothy Georgina Abel was assaulted which led her to remain in a coma for four years at Royal Alexander Hospital in Edmonton until she tragically passed away in 2000. When the MMIW inquiry started occurring in Canada, Dorothy's family asked police to provide records of the investigation into her death.

Shannon Alexander and Maisy Odjick

Maisy and Shannon

File # 104200154
Maniwaki, QC

Maisy, 16, and Shannon, 17, were last seen in Maniwaki, QC. on Sept. 6, 2008, before heading out for a night of dancing. The investigation revealed that the two young women were last seen together at Shannon Alexander's home located in Maniwaki on the morning of September 6.

Bobbie Lynn Moose

Bobbie Moose

File # 104200144
Thompson, MB

October 17, 2019, at 5:10 pm, Thompson RCMP received a report of a deceased female found at a location near Nelson Road in Thompson, Manitoba. The deceased was identified as Bobbie Lynn Moose from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation. Her death was determined to be as a result of homicide.

Mary Ann Birmingham

Mary Birmingham

File # 104200116
Iqaluit, NU

On May 26, 1986, Mary Ann Birmingham, 15, died at the hands of an unknown assailant who stabbed and mutilated her inside her family's housing unit near the beach. She's one of the nearly 1,200 missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls whose deaths and unexplained disappearances have provoked a Canada-wide demand for the national MMIW inquiry.

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FEATURED Byron Carr

Byron Carr

Carr was last seen alive at approximately 3:00 am, Friday November 11, 1988, which was the beginning of a long Remembrance Day weekend. He was found dead in the bedroom of his home, 24 Lapthorn Avenue in Charlottetown, PE, 31 hours later. Evidence at the scene indicated his death followed a sexual encounter with another male. Carr was strangled, stabbed and the killer left a note saying; "I WILL KILL AGAIN!"....

MOST-READ Jean Virginia Sampare

Jean Virginia Sampare

18-year-old Sampare was described as a healthy, normal 18-year-old woman who sang teasing songs to her siblings. She was last seen by Alvin (her cousin) on Highway 16 outside Gitsegukla, British Columbia on October 14, 1971. He left her alone as he cycled home to get a jacket, and she was gone when he returned.