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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
Written by Jessica McDiarmid
Published by Doubleday Canada


This riveting exposé of the national scandal of Indigenous women and girls murdered on Highway 16 in northwestern British Columbia reads like crime fiction. But this is true crime, and many of the killers have not been brought to justice. McDiarmid’s scrupulously documented account tells some of these women’s stories and recounts the anguish of their damaged communities. Highway of Tears is a wake-up call for Canada. It challenges not only the police and the government, but all citizens to find a way forward this legacy of racism, sexism and violence.


For decades, Indigenous women and girls have gone missing from Hwy 16 in NW British Columbia. McDiarmid investigates the devastating effect these tragedies have had on families and communities, and how systemic racism has led society to fail them.





is a Canadian journalist who has worked across North America and Africa, writing for publications including the Toronto Star, the Associated Press, Maisonneuve, Canadian Business and the Harvard Review. She has also worked for Journalists for Human Rights. Highway of Tears is her first book. She lives in British Columbia.