Shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for translation and an Apple Best Book of 2015
A two-year-long investigation of the disappearance of two young indigenous women reveals just one story in an ongoing national tragedy
The Globe and Mail praises Stolen Sisters for Emmanuelle Walter’s “attempts to bring this national crisis out of the realm of armchair speculation and into the public conscience.” It has been widely reported that since 1980, 1,200 indigenous women in Canada have been murdered or gone missing. This alarming official figure reveals a national tragedy and the systemic failure of law enforcement and all levels of government to address the issue. A federal inquiry was finally launched in 2016, but the violence continues unabated.
In Stolen Sisters, journalist Emmanuelle Walter documents the disappearance of two young women, Maisy Odjick and Shannon Alexander, teenagers from western Quebec who have been missing since September 2008. Via personal testimonies, interviews, press clippings and official documents, Walter pieces together the disappearance and loss of these two young lives, revealing these young women to us through the voices of family members and witnesses. Hailed as a “a moving and deeply shocking work of investigative journalism” (49thShelf.com), Stolen Sisters forces us to confront the idea that not only is Canada failing First Nations communities, but that a feminicide is taking place.