Tamara Lynn Chipman is one of the 18 women who has disappeared along the Highway of Tears. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)

“Our Women and Girls are Sacred”: interim report released

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls released the 118-page report on Nov. 1

The interim report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (NI-MMIWG) was released Nov. 1 offering an early insight into final recommendations.

“Our Women and Girls are Sacred” is a 118-page document that includes what the commissioners have accomplished, their findings, process and challenges. More than 900 families and survivors have registered to share their stories with the national inquiry before January 2018.

Some of the themes in the report explore the need to improve policing, such as having “more representative police forces with better resourced Indigenous liaison officers and units in local police forces.” The report also mentions having more proactive investigations into Indigenous women’s, girls’, and LGBTQ2S people’s deaths and disappearances, and more transparent policing.


Changes to RCMP missing person investigation efforts in Alberta, Winnipeg and northern B.C. were highlighted. Although not specific to Indigenous women and girls, Project E-Pana was developed by RCMP in northern B.C. to investigate cold cases along Highway 16, also known as the Highway of Tears. The report also notes that it is difficult to accurately assess the effectiveness of these investigations because many police policies are not made public.

In the past few decades, 18 women and girls have been killed or have disappeared along the Highway of Tears. Highway 16 in B.C. stretches between Prince Rupert and Smithers. The NI-MMIWG was launched by the Government of Canada in September 2016, independent of federal, provincial and territorial governments.



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Month-long water quality advisory still in effect for Rupert residents

The City of Prince Rupert recommends those with weakened immune systems boil water prior to use

Jennifer Rice North Coast MLA seeks re-election

Northwest politicians announce intent on elections

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 20 to 26

Rabbit Day, Hobbit Day and One-Hit Wonder Day are all coming up this week

Heart of the City – Jason Scherr

Try and Try again - Prince Rupert Seamen Rugby Club

No COVID-19 public exposures in the North Health Region at this time

Northern Health Authority issued a statement on Sept. 17

B.C. or Ontario? Residential school survivors fight move of court battle

It’s now up to Ontario’s Court of Appeal to sort out the venue question

B.C. transportation minister will not seek re-election

Claire Trevena has held the position since 2017

Young B.C. cancer survivor rides 105-km with Terry Fox’s brother

Jacob Bredenhof and Darrell Fox’s cycling trek raises almost $90,000 for cancer research

B.C. migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

Rally is part of the Amnesty for Undocumented Workers Campaign led by the Migrant Workers Centre

Preparations underway for pandemic election in Saskatchewan and maybe B.C.

Administrators in B.C. and around the country are also looking to expand voting by mail during the pandemic

Nearly 20 per cent of COVID-19 infections among health-care workers by late July

WHO acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions

Ferry riders say lower fares are what’s most needed to improve service

Provincial government announces findings of public engagement process

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Application deadline for fish harvester benefits program extended

Those financially impacted by the pandemic have until Oct. 5 to apply

Most Read