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'Finding Dawn' 2006 Aboriginal families seek justice for missing loved ones

Ramona Wilson Family
Ramona Wilson Family
"Finding Dawn" Documentary

The 2006 documentary film called, “Finding Dawn” (National Film Board of Canada) is a 73 minute in depth look at the missing Aboriginal “First Nations” women in Canada. Filmmaker Christine Welsh focuses on three women who have disappeared or had been murdered. They include, Dawn Crey, Ramona Wilson & Daleen Kay Bosse. By that year of 2006, there have been at least 500 Aboriginal women who are considered missing. That number today in 2014 has climbed to well over 800.

Finding Dawn” opens with an Aboriginal woman placing a red rose & sage on a fence near a construction site. 500 “First Nations” women have disappeared. Who are they? Where did they come from? This Aboriginal sister sets out to find who Dawn Crey was. She disappeared at Vancouver's downtown lower east side. For three years she went missing.

Dawn's brother Ernie became an activist after his sister's death. Dawn was taken from her mother as a child & put in foster care. The impact of separation from her family was something Dawn couldn't shake. Ernie tried to help her as best he could before she disappeared. The unbearable pain in him came to the surface as tears welled up in his eyes. He holds onto anger too because he believes law enforcement doesn't do enough for Aboriginal women because they are poor.

There have been at least 60 women who have disappeared from Vancouver's lower east side by 2006. Half of them are Aboriginal women. Dawn Crey may have been the victim of a serial killer. There was not enough of her DNA to press murder charges. Ernie & his younger sister Lorraine will continue to find out who is responsible for Dawn's death.

Each & every year there are organized march's honoring missing Aboriginal women. Matilda Wilson had organized her own walk along highway #16 that stretches 500 miles across British Columbia. Her daughter Ramona disappeared in 1994 along that highway. She was murdered & her body was dumped one mile from highway #16. Her killer has not been brought to justice. Matilda's family & friends walk each year on the anniversary of Ramona's death.

Ramona is only one Aboriginal woman who had gone missing along the “Highway of Tears.” The number has climbed from 18 to more than 43 women who have disappeared. Matilda will keep walking & searching for her daughter's killer. She says she will continue to fight for the missing & the unsolved murdered women.

Daleen Kay Bosse went missing at the town of Saskatoon, Canada. She headed there for a conference & was last seen leaving a nightclub downtown. Her car was found abandoned weeks later & she was never heard from again. Her parents searched for months, but couldn't find her. Her dad named Herb talked about his daughter & looks completely tired from crying.

It took Saskatoon police one year to consider Daleen's missing case more serious. Her parents blame them for not opening a criminal investigation sooner. Local police claimed that people have seen Daleen who may not want to go home. Daleen's parents keep searching for her body & they hold out enormous hope that their daughter will come home. She is still missing.

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