“If she was white, she would still be here”: Canada’s MMIWG | Crime

In this six-part series, Al Jazeera tells the stories of indigenous women and girls who disappeared or were murdered on the infamous highway in British Columbia, Canada.

Warning: The content of the following articles may disturb some readers.

British Columbia, Canada- Brenda Wilson has been committed to supporting the families of missing and murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) for the past 27 years. This is emotionally exhausting, but it has become her goal in life.

It all started when her sister was found dead. Ramona Wilson is a native of Gitxsan, only 16 years old.

On June 11, 1994, she disappeared in Smithers, northern British Columbia, because she told her mother that she was going out with a friend and might attend some local graduation parties that night.

The next day, when her family found out that she had not come to see her friends and her boyfriend called her, they felt something was wrong. They went to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), but the RCMP didn’t seem to care about them.

“The RCMP didn’t help, I don’t remember they were searching,” Brenda said on a cold and dull day in Prince George, the largest city in northern British Columbia.

“We posted posters and let a lot of friends and family go out to find them,” she recalled.

But Brenda did not join the search. She explained that she didn’t want to find her sister’s body.

“I always thought she was kidnapped, captured, and she might be beaten. Is she hungry or cold? I pray that she is okay.”