The goal of this essay is to understand the colonial roots of the disproportionate violence rates against Indigenous women, the Highway of Tears (a Highway in Northern British Columbia along which over 40 women have gone missing), as well as address the solutions these communities have come up with themselves. It begins with broader information to explain key statistics, as well as the scope of the situation. Settlers imposing Eurocentric views on First Nation Peoples lead to problematic relations, especially when Residential Schools were born and damaged Indigenous relations with the government and RCMP for years to come. The second half of this essay summarizes and discusses the Highway of Tears Symposium, a plan created by several Aboriginal communities along the Highway of Tears, and what exactly these solutions are addressing.
Keywords: Highway 16, Highway of Tears, Violence Against Indigenous Women, First Nations Relations