FINDING DAWN is a Canadian film (2006) by Christine Welsh puts a human face on a tragedy that has received precious little attention. In 2006, the time of the film’s release Dawn Crey, Ramona Wilson and Daleen Kay Bosse were just three of the estimated 500 Aboriginal women who had gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past 30 years.
Acclaimed Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh embarked on an epic journey to shed light on these murders and disappearances that remain unresolved to this day.
She begins at Vancouver’s skid row where more than 60 poor women disappeared and travels to the “Highway of Tears” in northern British Columbia where more than two dozen women (all but one Native) have vanished.
This engrossing film illustrates the deep historical, social and economic factors that contribute to the epidemic of violence against Aboriginal women. It highlights the disturbing, world-wide culture of impunity that allows murders of women – especially those who are poor, indigenous, or sex workers – to go unsolved and unpunished.