Long before the French and British sailed to Canada to cut down the wood and inhabit the land there were of course indigenous people living there. Europeans called these people Indians, modern-day Canadians use the respectful term First Nations but does respectful language also mean respectful treatments?
In this VPRO special we see Dutch reporter Emy Koopman travel to the town of Smithers, in British Columbia to talk to the families of indigenous girls who have been killed. In Canada, indigenous women are six times more likely to die violently than white women.
It is the summer of 2019, a time of a heartbreaking anniversary one of the girls from this community Ramona Wilson was found dead 25 years ago. Ramona’s case has still not been solved. But she is not alone, in British Columbia women and girls have been going missing since the 1970s. It is estimated that over 40 girls have disappeared, most of whom belonged to the indigenous population.
Is this the result of more than a hundred years of colonial policy? A practice that saw indigenous children snatched from their families to be placed in boarding schools.
Directed by: Hans Pool