Welsh's Finding Dawn takes a raw look at the lives and deaths of three women murdered or missing in Western Canada. The filmmaker dissects the factors that contribute to violence against aboriginal women, often leading back to the colonization of First Nations tribes.
The emotionally trying film begins on Vancouver's East Side, where Dawn Crey, a woman removed from her family and sexually abused as a child, used to live before she disappeared. Crey was identified as Woman No. 23 through DNA found on the Pickton farm in Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Welsh also travels on the "Highway of Tears" in northern British Columbia, where teenager Ramona Wilson was murdered on the same night of her town's high school graduation. The girl is one of many women killed in the area near the junction of the Yellowhead Highway and B.C.'s Highway 37. In Saskatoon, Welsh tells the story of mother and student Daleen Bosse, who went missing three years ago. Bosse is one of 17 aboriginal women classified as missing since 1964 in Saskatchewan -- Welsh's and Acoose's home province.
"Lots of people in our communities have gone missing, but how can you just miss a human being?" Acoose said.
With the number of aboriginal women going missing and being murdered or abused, I believe this is an incredibly important film and hope that you all have a chance to see it.