Indigenous women and girls are more likely to suffer extreme violence than other women. They are more likely to disappear and never be seen again. And sadly, they are more likely to be murdered by a serial killer. For decades, it has been Canada's dirty little secret. Then in 2014, the horrific murders of Loretta Saunders and Tina Fontaine made headlines across Canada, ignited widespread outrage and exposed Canada's national shame.
So why is the level of violence towards Indigenous women reaching crisis levels? Centuries of discrimination, long term effects of the dreadful residential school era, and many other appalling government-approved practices have resulted in widespread racism towards Indigenous people. Attempts at genocide didn't cease centuries ago like many believe. They just became more subtle.
Invisible Victims is a shocking work that shines a spotlight on this national crisis and its root causes. It includes several specific cases and a review of the serial killers who have specifically targeted Indigenous women and girls as a result of the apathy of Canada's law enforcement, media and government.
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WHAT READERS SAY
"Great read on a topic that is often overlooked, unknown, or omitted. The authors provides a historical backdrop, policy formation and individual stories that has created this situation and brings to light and voice to the conintuing tragedy of our missing indigenous women."
"Tells of a true history in Canada"
"This book is packed with so much knowledge. Although it's very sad that we have lost so many women in Canada, this book highlights some of the history regarding the indigenous population. It's based on facts, and it tells of a true history in Canada."
"As someone who lost her sister to homicide on the Diné Nation, I ate this book up. Stay strong, Native people. Justice awaits these killers, whether they are Native or not."