New Documentary Will Put Spotlight on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown July 22nd, 2016 Last Updated on: July 22nd, 2016

As reported by The Guardian, a documentary is currently being made to shed light on the disappearance and murders of thousands of indigenous women across Canada. Hollywood star Zoe Saldana has jumped on board with her production company Cinestar Pictures, which is run by Saldana and her two sisters. Hopefully her star power will help bring much needed attention to the story.

“If this exact same story were being told in a country in Africa, I think we would be paying attention to it and we would be donating money to it,” said Leslie Owen, the American producer-director behind Gone Missing. “But because it’s in Canada, a first world nation, we don’t want to see it in our own backyard.”

She began researching the story in 2015, after stumbling across a news story highlighting 1,200 cases of murdered and missing women that had been compiled by police bodies from across the country. “I was like, what does that mean?”

The film focuses on three families that have been affected by the epidemic, including the family of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine, whose body was found in a Winnipeg river in 2014.

Owens says she hopes to have the documentary finished this Fall. We'll be sure to keep our eyes open and update you as more information comes in.

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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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Son Maki

“It is important that those watching see just how seriously we take the issue of forced marriage. This is an incredibly important issue which puts people in a difficult situation because while victims will not want to get married, they also won’t want to get their own families in trouble. “There are thousands of women affected throughout the country and we want this production to show them that help available and they will be taken seriously.

Mary Beth Piatt

If at all possible, please somehow publish dates, times and places where this might be seen when finished. I, too want to see it. Most adults are aware in general of the injustices and indignities foisted upon indigenous peoples after whites entered this North American territory. But few non-indigenous realize how much of this still goes on today. Most whites (and yes, I am one) still consciously or unconsciously believe they are the ‘superior’ race. I’m ashamed to admit that I can catch myself thinking along those lines even today. The thought pattern is so deeply ingrained. Only knowledge and experience can change this mentality. This documentary hopefully can make a dent in that perspective. Thank you.


My father and uncles mother was one. Found the boys 3 days later hidden in dresser droors. She Was Put Down AS A Jane doe. The boys adopted to a white family. Can’t find adoption records from Canada or usa. I find they’re are many stories just as this.

Kelly B

Hello, thanks to your site. I did not know about it!until watching the 2016 Gathering of Nations. I seen the Sign of your website, I don’t like the way the white still thinks there way of life is the RIGHT WAY!! we are all trying to live in this ugly world that will never change until Jesus cleans the earth of all the evil.( my Relative ) WOVOKA.Words. as for the missing women!I Don’t want to think of there last sight they seen before there end! I know this!that the whites can come on the res and do what they want(like that a Natives Life!and get away whit it!”BUT” if the same happens From one of us! taking a white mans life! O may!!! put it on SPN for half a year!just don’t let the whites know this Law!they will think its OK! to do it!that’s the talk here in FALLON NEVADA.why! whites don’t think twice about the bad way! they treat Natives here.”But” I did not!grow up here.I did that in Oakland California.But!that’s My Heart feeling on the women.Just Don’t Trust all white men!my girlfriend dad told her.not!to get with one of the native men here!which is understand able!”But”he told her to look at white men!they work hard and will take care of you Better.myself that go’s Both ways.it’s All in the up Bringing from Mom&Dad of all Races. it comes from HOME! how you Grow up to Be. Kelly B

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