Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Indigenous rights have always been a topic of great interest and concern to me. In a country such as Canada, where we pride ourselves on being an inclusive and forward-thinking nation, it’s hard to believe that Indigenous people have been treated so poorly. From families being separated and young children being forced to live in

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The Murder of Sonya Cywink

EARLY LIFE: Sonya Nadine Mae Cywink was born on August 19, 1963 in Little Current, Manitoulin Island, Ontario. The second-youngest of Wilfred Laurier Cywink Sr. and Estelle McGregor’s thirteen children, she grew up in a family that deeply loved her and she, them. The Cywink family lived near Whitefish River First Nation, located in northern

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The Death of Alannah Jamima Cardinal

EARLY LIFE: Alannah Jamima Cardinal was one of nine children born to her parents. Her family, which included her grandmother Noreen Cardinal, were members of the Whitefish (Goodfish) Lake First Nation, a Cree community located about 185km northeast of Edmonton, Alberta. Growing up, Alannah was said to be an outgoing and smart girl, who was very

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The Disappearance of Caitlin Potts

EARLY LIFE: Caitlin Potts was from Samson Cree First Nation in Maskwacis, Alberta. She was the daughter of Priscilla Potts and sister to Ashley, Codi and Jeremiah Potts. Up until age 11, Caitlin lived in foster care, despite efforts by Priscilla to try to have her and her siblings returned to her care. While in

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The Death of Bella Marie Laboucan-McLean

EARLY LIFE: Bella Marie Laboucan-McLean grew up in Sturgeon Lake Cree First Nation, located approximately 250km north of Edmonton, Alberta. She had a large family, consisting of her parents, three older sisters and two younger brothers. Bella’s parents are teachers, who over the past three decades have worked to develop Cree curriculum for language revitalization, while

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