A teacher was not allowed to testify at a hearing, and many other Canadians share her bitter disappointment in the way crimes against indigenous women and girls are being investigated.
In 1994, Alex Cywink learned that his younger sister’s body had been found in a park. Today, he and his siblings work not only on behalf of their sister, but for the more than 1,000 other indigenous women who are missing or have been murdered in Canada’s recent history.
As sure as autumn brings cool days, so does each year’s junior hockey season bring new sexual allegations. That few cases make it to court and even fewer to conviction speaks to the emphasis the judicial system puts on the “credibility” of the plaintiff and the extraordinary support local heroes receive from town power brokers.