Over1000 Indigenous Women and Girls have gone missing or been murdered in Canada

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Riveting, spine-chilling, important television, Taken confronts, head-on, the clues that link the stories of these missing and murdered women and the hope of all Canadians to resolve this tragic reality for Indigenous women, and for our nation.

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Mino nákocikéwin, máwikan mósítamowin, mistahi ispihténítákon ká kanawápachikáték, Otinamákéwin óma é-acimonániwák ékoni óko óci ká wanihícik ékwa ká nisiwanácihícik iskwéwak ékwa mína óma é-pakoséníchikáték kakinaw ininiwak kita wíciwécik óma kákitimákipanik óko óci ininiwiskwéwak, ékwa óma péyakosíhtwawin.


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Amber Tuccaro

Episode 1


Amber Tuccaro was 20 years old, and the mother of a 14-month-old boy when she traveled with her baby and a female friend from Fort McMurray to Nisku, Alberta with the plan of heading to Edmonton the next day, August 18, 2010. When she left her friend and son on Amber decided to hitchhike into the city, and was picked up by an unknown man. There was a conversation with this man that was recorded – it was the last time Amber’s voice was heard. INTERVIEW SUBJECTS: Vivian Tuccaro (Amber Tuccaro’s Mother), Paul Tuccaro Jr. (Amber Tuccaro’s Brother), Tracy Bear (Director for the Indigenous Women’s Resilience Project), Ian Campeau (Anishinaabe Artist and Advocate).

Patricia Carpenter

Episode 2


Patricia (Trish) Carpenter, a 14-year-old mother of a two-month-old boy, was found dead at a Toronto construction site on Sept. 25, 1992. The coroner’s investigative statement says Carpenter’s body was “wedged very tightly, head-first, into a pit…” and that she died of asphyxiation. The case was quickly wrapped up, with no evidence of foul play reported. However, the coroner eventually deemed it necessary to have an inquest into Patricia’s death. INTERVIEW SUBJECTS: Joyce Carpenter (Patricia Carpenter’s Mother), Laura Heidenheim (Documentarian), Josephine Tse (Documentarian), Ivana Yellowback (Advocate and Youth Worker).

Crystal Andrews and Leah Anderson

Episode 3


Crystal Andrews was from God’s Lake, Manitoba, a fly-in community 550 kilometers northeast of Winnipeg. Crystal went to a social on November 7, 2015, and her fiancé and two children waited for her to return home. She never made it. Her body was found November 9, 2015, in an isolated location in God’s Lake. She was 23 years old. Crystal’s death has been declared suspicious by RCMP, but no arrests have been made. January 6, 2013, 15-year-old Leah Anderson’s body was found, also under suspicious circumstances. INTERVIEW SUBJECTS: Beverley Andrews (Crystal Andrews’ Mom), Roxanne Spence (Crystal Andrews’ Fiance’s Mom), Wayne Okenow (Leah Anderson’s Uncle), Mervin White (Crystal Andrews’ Fiance’s Dad), Leslie Spillett (Executive Director Ka Ni Kanichihk), Katherine Whitecloud (Knowledge Keeper).

Leona Brule

Episode 4


Leona Brule was just 18 years old when she went to visit her boyfriend in Edmonton, Alberta, from Fort Providence, Northwest Territories, where she had been working as a live-in nanny. It was March 1989…and about a year later when Leona stopped coming home to visit her mother, Leona’s mom filed a police report. RCMP suspects that Leona was living on the streets in Edmonton in the 1990s, but Leona has never been found, and her case remains open. INTERVIEW SUBJECTS: Chris Sanderson (Leona’s Cousin), Catherine Sanders (Leona Brule’s Aunt), Cpl. Jack Keefe (RCMP), Mandee McDonald (Senior Projects Administrator for Dene Nahjo), Marie Wilson (TRC Commission of Canada, 2009 to 2005).

Janet Sylvestre

Episode 5


On October 13, 1994, the body of 38-year-old Janet Sylvestre was discovered in a wooded area, just outside of Saskatoon. Evidence at the scene indicated she was the victim of a homicide. Janet’s case remains unsolved. Janet Sylvestre was from the Dene nation and grew up in northern Saskatchewan, but as an adult spread her wings and moved to cities like Edmonton, Toronto and then Saskatoon, but she was known to return home to La Loche, to visit her family. Before she was murdered, Janet was last seen in Saskatoon, where her nickname was “Smiley, because Janet was always smiling. INTERVIEW SUBJECTS: Crystal Sylvestre (Janet Sylvestre’s Daughter), Toni Lemaigre (Janet Sylvestre’s Sister), Lauren Sylvestre (Janet Sylvestre’s Son), Corporal Kelly Bates (RCMP), Dr. Robert Innes (University of Saskatchewan, Department of Native Studies).

Josephine Martin

Episode 6


Josephine Edna Martin, from Moose Lake, Manitoba went missing from The Pas, Manitoba on November 15th, 2015. Josie, as she was known by her many friends, is beloved by her seven children, and well known in her community. Josephine battled issues related to addictions, but she had never gone missing before and communicated with her family regularly. She was last seen outside Giant Tiger – a place where she and her friends loved to gather. INTERVIEW SUBJECTS: Tanya Martin (Josephine Martin’s Daughter), Wesley Martin (Josephine Martin’s Son), Georgina Sanderson (Josephine Martin’s Niece), Margaret Sanderson (Josephine Martin’s Sister), Marlene Grace Buck (Josephine Martin’s Sister), Cst. Mike Harris (RCMP).

Lorilee Mae Francis

Episode 7


Lorilee Mae Francis was 23 or 24 the last time she was known to be seen or heard from by family or friends on October 20, 2007. She was last known to be in Grande Prairie, Alberta. When Lorilee didn’t contact her family during the Christmas season, her family reported her missing. She may left her home of her own will, or she might have been trafficked. Lorilee was the mom of two children. She was afflicted by addictions, and that took a toll on her whole life. INTERVIEW SUBJECTS: Connie Francis (Lorilee Mae Francis’ Aunt), Lane Francis (Lorilee Mae Francis’ Brother), Lance Francis (Lorilee Mae Francis’ Brother), Lisa Ferguson (Lorilee Mae Francis’ Sister), Mary Francis (Lorilee Mae Francis’ Grandmother), Vanessa Shannon (Lorilee Mae Francis’ Cousin), Edward Ferguson (Lorilee Mae Francis’ Cousin), Danielle Allard (University of Alberta, Assistant Professor, Library...

Amanda Cook

Episode 8


14-year-old Amanda Cook went with her dad and brothers to the Rossburn Fair Festival on July 13, 1996, near her home in Waywayseecappo. The last time Amanda’s dad saw his little girl was 6:30 or 7:00 that evening. Four days later, Amanda’s lifeless body was found, beaten to death. Amanda’s life was taken over twenty years ago and even though one man stood trial three times for her murder, her case has never been solved. INTERVIEW SUBJECTS: Cheyenne Chartrand (Amanda Cook’s Sister), Bernadette Sumner (Amanda Cook’s Sister), Mary Cook (Amanda Cook’s Mother), Lisa Makwebak (Community Activist), Sgt. Paul Manaigre (RCMP).

Sindy Ruperthouse

Episode 9


The last time 44-year-old Sindy Ruperthouse was last seen was in Val D’or, Quebec, at a hospital, on April 23, 2014. She had been beaten up and had multiple broken ribs. When Sindy had her last conversation with her family, Sindy asked for a large amount of money. Sindy said she would call back, but her family never heard from her again. Sindy’s case has been reopened after an investigative report by Radio-Canada shone a spotlight on their Sûreté du Québec’s mishandling of Sindy’s case. INTERVIEW SUBJECTS: Émilie Ruperthouse Wylde (Sindy Ruperthouse’s Mother), Johnny Wylde (Sindy Ruperthouse’s Father), Joan Wylde (Sindy Ruperthouse’s Sister), Kathy Ruperthouse (Sindy Ruperthouse’s Sister), Lt. Martine Asselin (Sûreté du Québec).

Nicole Daniels

Episode 10


On April 1, 2009, 16-year-old Nicole Daniels was found frozen to death behind a rental car agency in Winnipeg. When the autopsy report came back, Nicole’s family was shocked to find that no foul play was suspected. The cause of death was hypothermia, with acute alcohol intoxication as a significant contributing factor. However, Nicole’s family remembers her getting into a vehicle with an older man who they suspect Nicole met in a phone chat room. They believe that her death was not an accident. INTERVIEW SUBJECTS: Isabel Daniels (Nicole Daniels’ cousin), Joan Winning (Nicole Daniels’ Aunt), Sandra Delaronde (MMIWG Advocate), Dr. Lisa Kinew (Physician).

Cheryl Johnson

Episode 11


When 23-year-old Cheryl Johnson’s family learned that she was found drowned in Sydney Harbour in May 2001, they were in shock. Cheryl was a strong swimmer. She had left the night before with $200, and was found with only a toonie in her pocket. Cheryl’s case was closed by law enforcement after only two days of investigating. It was determined that there had been no foul play connected to Cheryl’s death. Cheryl’s family is unsatisfied with this determination, and want answers. What happened to Cheryl Johnson? INTERVIEW SUBJECTS: Patricia Johnson (Cheryl Johnson’s Mother), Lynn Johnson (Cheryl Johnson’s Sister), Tricia Johnson (Cheryl Johnson’s Sister), Shaylene Johnson (Cheryl Johnson’s Friend), Nadine Bernard (Cheryl Johnson’s Friend), Sasha Doucette (Photographer), Holly Moore (Journalist, APTN).

Elizabeth Dorion

Episode 12


On September 17th, 1999, 44-year-old Elizabeth Dorion arrived at Mile 94, a commercial fish camp, where she stayed almost four days with friends. The last time she was known to be seen was September 20th. She was wearing a button sweater, t-shirt, and jogging pants. Elizabeth was reported missing on November 13th, 1999. At 5’4″, Elizabeth was approximately 150 lbs. at the time of her disappearance. Two ground searches were conducted by the RCMP, but Elizabeth was never found. INTERVIEW SUBJECTS: Georgina Simms (Elizabeth Dorion’s Daughter), Karen Deborah Young (Elizabeth Dorion’s Friend), John Cochrane (Elizabeth Dorion’s Grandson), Primrose Bloomfield (Elizabeth Dorion’s Niece), Cpl. Janna Amirault (RCMP).

Caitlin Potts

Episode 13


The day before her disappearance, 27-year-old Caitlin Potts was last seen at Orchard Park Mall in Kelowna, British Columbia. Caitlin last had contact with her loved ones when she sent her sister Codi a message on Facebook on February 22, 2016. On March 1, 2016, a missing person report was made to the RCMP. No official missing person alert appeared on the RCMP’s website until March 21, 2016. Caitlin’s disappearance is being treated as a homicide. Sadly, two other young women are missing from this region. Could there be a connection? INTERVIEW SUBJECTS: Priscilla Potts (Caitlin Potts’ Mother), Ashley Potts (Caitlin Potts’ Sister), Jody Leon (MMIWG Advocate), Cpl. Dan Moskaluk (RCMP).

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