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Portraits of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

An illustrated tribute and an attempt to elevate political interest

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Since 1980, over 1,186 Indigenous women in Canada have gone missing or been murdered. Despite widespread outcry for a public inquiry into this tragedy, Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently noted the issue “isn’t really high on our radar.” On January 5, Toronto illustrator Evan Munday began tweeting illustrated portraits of the women to the prime minister—both as a tribute to honour them, and an attempt to elevate political interest. Similar initiatives include those of Lauren Crazybull, who is making an audio documentary of the women’s stories, and poet Gregory Scofield, who tweets the name and photo of one missing Indigenous woman per day.

Illustration of Elaine Frieda Alook by Evan Munday
Elaine Frieda Alook (b. 1968) was last seen on May 11, 2004, outside of Fort McMurray, Alberta.
Illustration of Danita Faith Bigeagle by Evan Munday
Danita Faith Bigeagle (b. 1984), a mother of two, was last seen in Regina on February 9, 2007. Read her story at nwac.ca.
Illustration of Maggie Lea Burke by Evan Munday
Maggie Lea Burke (b. 1983) was last seen in Edmonton on December 9, 2004.
Illustration of Amanda Bartlett by Evan Munday
Amanda Bartlett (b. 1979) was last seen in Winnipeg on July 30, 1996.
Illustration by Evan Munday
Abigail Patrice Andrews (b. 1982) was last seen in Fort St. John, BC on April 7, 2010. She was pregnant at the time of her disappearance.
Illustration by Evan Munday
Roberta Marie Ferguson (b. November 19, 1968) was last seen near Cultus Lake, BC on August 24, 1988. Foul play is suspected in her disappearance.
Illustration of Angel Carlick by Evan Munday
Angel Edna Carlick was last seen alive in Whitehorse on May 27, 2007. Her remains were discovered in a wooded area more than five months later. She was nineteen years old.
Illustration of Sharon Abraham by Evan Munday
Sharon Abraham, a mother of two, went missing from Vancouver in 2000. In 2009, RCMP investigators confirmed the discovery of her DNA on the farm belonging to serial killer Robert (Willie) Pickton.




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