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The Taken: Canada’s latest known serial killer preyed on indigenous women – The Globe and Mail

by ahnationtalk on November 26, 2015436 Views

Nov. 25, 2015

When Jennifer McPherson went missing in British Columbia, the RCMP released a bulletin seeking the public’s help in finding the 41-year-old, who had been living on remote Hanson Island. It said she lost contact with her family on April 29, 2013, and had not been seen or heard from since. It also said she was Caucasian.

Only part of that was true.

In fact, Ms. McPherson was indigenous, her roots tracing back to Manitoba’s Peguis First Nation. Her loved ones found themselves confronted with an emotional conundrum at an agonizing time: Should they correct the record?

“Honest to God, we were afraid to change it,” the woman’s sister, Kim McPherson, recently told The Globe and Mail. “We thought she’d end up being another person never found. We were really terrified. It goes back to the question about why [killers] pick [indigenous women]. It’s because there’s a lack of interest. There’s less response.”

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