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In Taken's blog, our team includes information about the hosts, series creators, and crew, recent articles carefully curated from reliable sources, and pieces of information on the issues related to Canada's MMIWG.

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Firth's 6,000-kilometre Awakening Journey

Firth’s 6,000-kilometre Awakening Journey

Image Courtesy of Brad Firth by Katarina Ziervogel A member of Gwich’in First Nation, Brad Firth, a 46-year-old runner who has come a long way. Being an athlete since he was a young boy, nothing stopped him from running anywhere—not even the brutal winter months up in Inuvik, N.W.T nor his dark past of being a former drug addict who managed to escape from the downtown east side in Vancouver. It’s no wonder why Firth has earned himself a title “Caribou Legs.” Firth first started running in May, from Merritt, British Columbia as the starting point to St. John’s, Newfoundland as the ending point. [1] The focal point of his awakening journey is to raise awareness for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. However, this is not his first time running across the Canada. Recently, he ran from Vancouver to…

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Meet the Team: Composer Justin Delorme

Meet the Team: Composer Justin Delorme

Justin Delorme is a young Metis composer, who was mentored for Taken by for notable Los Angeles based composer Shawn Pierce. Justin is a dedicated artist, and working on the stories of the women and girls of Taken and the people who love them is very special to him. Justin has composed, produced and performed music professionally since 2013 for film, web media and live performance. His work as a film composer includes: Music of the Spheres (Prairie Kid Productions, 2015, directed by Madison Thomas); The Middles (Prairie Kid Productions, 2015, directed by Madison Thomas); Old Country. 4 Him Productions, 2014, directed by Pina Robinson; Q&A (Red Czarina Entertainment, 2014, directed by Ashley Hirt; Seven Drinks (Prairie Kid Productions, 2014, directed by Kevin P. Gabel and Madison Thomas; Nooks and Crannies (Prairie Kid Productions, 2014, directed by Madison Thomas; Blankets Make…

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Artwork and MMIWG

Artwork and MMIWG

artwork: “Holding Boots” by Annie Pootoogook     by Katarina Ziervogel     Art is a creative expression through paintings, photographs, music, films, dance, and other artistic forms. There is no limit to expressing one’s own creativity because it comes in unique ways. For instance, Indigenous people in Canada have a great history of art that dates as far as the last Ice Age (between 80,000 – 12,000 years ago)[1]. Indigenous artwork plays a huge role in most Indigenous people’s lives. It can help them to heal from traumatic events, including loss of a loved one, and personal trauma. Lately, some people are creating Indigenous artwork in honour of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada, and to support the families of MMIWG. For instance, two teenagers, Aiyana and Kaiya Leonard La Couvee from Calgary collected more than 1,200 pairs of…

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Inside the Recreations - Emily's Dogs

Inside the Recreations – Emily’s Dogs

Part of telling the stories featured in each episode of Taken involves recreations of elements of these women and girls’ lives. In telling the story of Emily Osmond, who at 78-years-old went missing from her home in Kawacatoose, Saskatchewan in September of 2007, it was clear that the episode needed to include Emily’s dogs. Emily was a generous woman who loved and respected every living creature, and would take in any unwanted dogs from her community. At the time of her disappearance, Emily had over thirty dogs in her care. Emily’s dogs were a clue that she did not leave of her own will. Leaving the dogs she loved would surely mean their demise. In fact, each of Emily’s beloved dogs was put down following her disappearance. To tell this part of Emily’s story, the Taken team was very fortunate…

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What effect does the debate on decriminalizing prostitution have on MMIWG Inquiry?

What effect does the debate on decriminalizing prostitution have on MMIWG Inquiry?

by Katarina Ziervogel Prostitution was one of the world’s first and most ancient professions. Long before prostitution gained a social stigma, it was criminalized and turned dangerous worldwide. The profession of prostitution all began in 3rd millennium BC. It was invented by the Sumerians of ancient Mesopotamia, who worshiped Ishtar the goddess of love and war. [1] The women of Ishtar’s service received men’s offerings to her temple through their sacred bodies. Other ancient religions took a similar practice. The women in the practice of prostitution were treated with respect and the practice was legalized, with regulations to ensure the safety and rights of these women. So, why is prostitution no longer legalized nor safe in Canada? The practice of prostitution is outlawed within many governments, but it is changing amongst other countries. For instance, in the Netherlands prostitution is legal, but…

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