Thelma Favel hasn’t opened the curtains in her living room in years. Favel is the grandmother of Tina Fontaine, the 15-year-old from Sagkeeng First Nation whose horrific 2014 murder is credited as the catalyst for the government to launch a national inquiry into the death and disappearance of thousands of Indigenous women in Canada. Sometimes, she still expects Tina to walk through the door. “If they’re open, I look out the window, down the road to see if she’s coming home,” she told Refinery29 during a telephone interview from her home in Pine Falls, MB. “It still hurts every day.”
In Jessica McDiarmid’s Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, voices are heard and stories are told by the families of many of the missing women and girls who have so often been treated as disposable by society, the media, and law enforcement.
We interviewed Candice of Crime Noir the Podcast about her inspiration to share stories about missing and murdered black folx. If you haven’t heard Crime Noir yet, get ready to hit that subscribe key, because Candice does an amazing job of sharing these stories in a such a sensitive way, and she shares so many cases that you probably haven’t heard yet!
Celia Sweeney, a 28-year-old native of Scituate, was found dead at a Spartanburg residence Monday, three days after she was reported missing to Charleston police by co-workers and friends.
Amarah “Jerica” Banks, a 26-year old mother from Milwaukee, has been found dead in a garage with her two daughters Zaniya Ivery and Camaria Banks, who were just 4 and 5-years old.