"An explosive examination of the missing and murdered Indigenous women of Highway 16, and a searing indictment of the society that failed them. For decades, women-- overwhelmingly from Indigenous backgrounds-- have gone missing or been found murdered along an isolated stretch of highway in northwestern B.C. The highway is called the Highway of Tears by locals, and it has come to symbolize a national crisis. In Highway of Tears, Jessica McDiarmid meticulously explores the effect these tragedies have had on communities in the region, and how systemic racism and indifference towards Indigenous lives have created a culture of "over-policing and under-protection," simultaneously hampering justice while endangering young Indigenous women. Highway of Tears will offer an intimate, first-hand look at the communities along Highway 16 and the families of the victims, as well as examine the historically fraught social and cultural tensions between settler and Indigenous peoples that underlie life in the region. Finally, it will link these cases with others found across Canada-- estimated to number over 1,200-- contextualizing them within a broader examination of the undervaluing of Indigenous lives in the country and of our ongoing failure to provide justice for the missing and murdered."-- Provided by publisher.
Canada -- Race relations.
Indigenous women -- British Columbia, Northern -- Social conditions.
Indigenous women -- Crimes against -- British Columbia, Northern.
Indigenous women -- Violence against -- British Columbia, Northern.
Missing persons -- British Columbia, Northern.
Murder victims -- British Columbia, Northern.