National MMIW inquiry

VIDEO: One woman’s fight for missing and murdered Indigenous women

Sue Martin is keeping a fire burning for a full year to remember her daughter and all other missing and murdered Indigenous women
Nicky Young

Sue Martin’s daughter was murdered 14 years ago. Terrie Ann Dauphinais, a 24-year-old Métis woman, was found dead at home in 2002. Now her mother is holding a vigil on Victoria Island outside of Ottawa called Home Fires Burning.

Along with other families of the missing and murdered, Martin has been keeping a fire alight since this April, and plans to stay for a year. She has some specific ideas about what the government can do to address the crisis that go beyond just holding an inquiry.

“Our justice system needs to be overhauled for homicide. A person that writes a bad cheque or a drug dealer gets more time than a murderer, or a child molester or a rapist. Something’s wrong in this country. Something’s very wrong in this country.”

Watch her tell her story, in her own words.

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