Missing: The Documentary – Bringing Awareness to #MMIW


Posted By Toyacoyah Brown November 20th, 2014 Blog


An Ojibwe man by the name of Cameron Monkman, aka “Young Jibwe“, recently made a documentary to bring attention to the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada. In case you're unaware of the situation, Indigenous women aged 25 to 44 are five times more likely to suffer a violent death than other women in Canada. Earlier this year The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) confirmed that there were over 1,000 cases of Indigenous women who had been murdered or missing over the past 30 years.

The focus of Missing: The Documentary was to let the families, and friends of victims come forward to speak up, instead of letting the media dictate how the victims are portrayed, which is usually in a bad light.

The documentary also features Canadian Rock Star Bif Naked who has shown support and humility to the Indigenous community. Quese IMC, a Pawnee and Seminole cultural activist and hip hop artist, also phones in an interview for the documentary.



Young Jibwe was also recently interviewed on the radio show “The Susan Harmon Hour” and spoke about his documentary and about the recent mysterious death of Misty Upham.

Thank you for bringing more attention to this problem. Keep speaking for those who cannot! I'll leave you with some final words from Young Jibwe: “SUPPORT OUR WOMEN!! SPEAK UP!! GET INVOLVED!!” Check out Amnesty International Canada's No More Stolen Sisters for important links and resources.



About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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2 thoughts on “Missing: The Documentary – Bringing Awareness to #MMIW

  1. I’m in south Florida, and saw this website not to long ago. Shared with friends and family all over USA. I get occasional postings from them. Its scary because it can hit so close to home and not even realize it. My prayers…..

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