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Finding Dawn - Film about missing Canadian Women

Acclaimed Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh presents a compelling documentary that puts a human face on a national tragedy: the murders and disappearances of an estimated 500 Aboriginal women in Canada over the past 30 years.

FINDING DAWN puts a human face on a tragedy that has received precious little attention – and one which is surprisingly similar to the situation in Ciudad Juarez, on the other side of the U.S. border.

Dawn Crey, Ramona Wilson and Daleen Kay Bosse are just three of the estimated 500 Aboriginal women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past 30 years.

Acclaimed Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh embarks on an epic journey to shed light on these murders and disappearances that remain unresolved to this day.

She begins at Vancouver’s skid row where more than 60 poor women disappeared and travels to the “Highway of Tears” in northern British Columbia where more than two dozen women (all but one Native) have vanished.

This engrossing film illustrates the deep historical, social and economic factors that contribute to the epidemic of violence against Aboriginal women.

It highlights the disturbing, world-wide culture of impunity that allows murders of women – especially those who are poor, indigenous, or sex workers – to go unsolved and unpunished.

Recommended viewing for courses in Native and Indigenous studies, women’s studies, sociology, psychology and courses that cover issues of violence against women.

À la recherche de Dawn

Long métrage documentaire de la réputée réalisatrice métisse Christine Welsh, levant le voile sur la triste expérience des femmes autochtones au Canada et mettant des visages sur cette tragédie nationale. Dawn Crey, Ramona Wilson et Daleen Kay Bosse ne sont que 3 des quelque 500 femmes autochtones portées disparues ou assassinées au Canada au cours des 30 dernières années.


Finding Dawn by Christine Welsh, National Film Board of Canada