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The Highway of Tears

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Emily K.

on 17 February 2014

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Transcript of The Highway of Tears

Who?
- all of the victims are women, most of them First Nations
- one man named Bobby Fowler, who died in 2006, has been linked to at least 3 of the cases
- it is difficult to pinpoint why this highway is targeted specifically, beyond the fact that people often hitchhike along it, traveling between Prince George and Prince Rupert
- some might say that it is the government's fault for not doing enough about the disappearances
- the RCMP say they are continuing to investigate, but not many leads have been found so far
Key Details
- in 2005, a large investigation, called Project E-Pana, into the cases of 18 of the missing women was launched, aimed at determining if the disappearances are the work of more than one serial killer
- this project is ongoing; in 2012 they were responsible for linking Bobby Fowler to three of the women
- they have other suspects, however, they believe that someone in the public has information that could help the case significantly
- many say the case is now stalled, with no leads to go on anymore

References

Canadian, Press. "Bobby Jack Fowler Highway Of Tears Case Has Stalled, Say RCMP."
Huffington Post
25 Sept. 2012, n. pag. Web. 16 Feb. 2014.

Culbert, Lori. "No new leads in B.C's Highway of Tears Murder Case.."
Vancouver Sun
25 Sept. 2013, n. pag. Web. 17 Feb. 2014.

Ferreras, Jesse. "Highway Of Tears: BC's Missing And Murdered Women."
Huffington Post
[British Colombia] 25 Sept. 2012, n. pag. Web. 16 Feb. 2014.

Thanh Ha, Tu, and Ian Bailey. "Police name killer in first resolution of ‘highway of tears’ case."
Globe and Mail
[Surrey, BC] 25 Sept. 2012, n. pag. Web. 16 Feb. 2014.

http://www.highwayoftears.ca/current-initiative
Disappearances and Murders of First Nations Women in BC
What and Where?
Since 1969 there have been a series of disappearances (anywhere from 18-43) along northern highways in British Columbia, such as Highways 5 and 97
- many have been along Highway 16, which is now also known as the Highway of Tears.
What is Being Done?
- through Carrier Sekani Family Services a website and media campaigns have been created, and vigils and ceremonies continue to be held to remember the victims
-the Civil Forfeiture Office of BC has designed a toolkit with resources to educate community members about the potential dangers along the Highway of Tears
-community safety training has been organized in places throughout northern BC

Why Should Society Know?
- so that a murder never happens again
- so that we all understand what has/is still happening, and the issues that women (especially FN women in this case) face
- we can begin to understand how to overcome these issues and eliminate them if we are aware of them and their circumstances
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