Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

A searing and revelatory account of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls of Highway 16, and an indictment of the society that failed them.

For decades, Indigenous women and girls have gone missing or been found murdered along an isolated stretch of highway in northwestern British Columbia. The highway is known as the Highway of Tears, and it has come to symbolize a national crisis.

Journalist Jessica McDiarmid investigates the devastating effect these tragedies have had on the families of the victims and their communities, and how systemic racism and indifference have created a climate where Indigenous women and girls are over-policed, yet under-protected. Through interviews with those closest to the victims--mothers and fathers, siblings and friends--McDiarmid offers an intimate, first-hand account of their loss and relentless fight for justice. Examining the historically fraught social and cultural tensions between settlers and Indigenous peoples in the region, McDiarmid links these cases to others across Canada--now estimated to number up to 4,000--contextualizing them within a broader examination of the undervaluing of Indigenous lives in this country.

Highway of Tears is a powerful story about our ongoing failure to provide justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and a testament to their families and communities' unwavering determination to find it.

Title:Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
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    Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Reviews

  • Jaidee

    3 "empathic, well-researched but much rewriting/reorganizing needed" stars !!! Thank you to Netgalley, the author and Atria Books for a copy of this e-book in exchange for my review. There are thousan...

  • Valerity (Val)

    This true crime book is the first by journalist Jessica McDiarmid. She tackles the sad, yet powerful topic of the many missing and murdered young aboriginal females who have disappeared through the ye...

  • Christine

    Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley I don’t know when I first heard about The Highway of Tears (Highway 16 in BC, from Prince George to Prince Rupert). Most likely when I was reading about women dying on ...

  • ElphaReads

    Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book!I'm a huge true crime nut, but that said I am definitely aware that there are a number of problematic issues that come with the genre. On...

  • Nicole

    "A penetrating and deeply moving account of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls of Highway 16, and a searing indictment of the society that failed them."I don't really have anything to...

  • Desiree

    Huge thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley for gifting me a copy of this book.This was such a heartbreaking read. I had to step away and take breaks while reading, therefore it took longer than it no...

  • Cass

    I had no idea that this kind of racism against the Indigenous people occurs in Canada, of all places. Mcdiarmid broke my heart and left me in tears and very angry. She writes about the thousands of In...

  • Amanda

    Highway of Tears is an important look at racial relations, their history, and impact on the current time. It provides the perfect balance of background information with current crime investigation so ...

  • The Library Ladies

    (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com )Thanks to NetGalley for sending me an eARC of this book!I’m a true crime aficionado to the bone, and I have been for as long as I can remember. But I d...

  • Andra

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss....