The Trail Went Cold – Episode 295 – Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

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May 26, 1986. Frobisher Bay, Northwest Territories. After returning home from a trip, the sister of 15-year old Mary Ann Birmingham enters their residence and discovers that Mary Ann has been stabbed to death. Months later, a local resident named Jopie Atsiqtaq pops up on the radar as a potential suspect after he is charged with the similar stabbing deaths of two other victims. Even though Atsiqtaq is initially charged with killing Mary Ann, he denies any involvement and since the evidence is deemed insufficient for him to stand trial, the crime is never solved. Mary Ann Birmingham’s murder is just the first case we’ll be covering on this week’s special episode of “The Trail Went Cold” about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls from Northern Canada. In total, we’ll be exploring nine unsolved cold cases involving Indigenous female victims which took place in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. The nine victims are 15-year old Mary Ann Birmingham, 38-year old Tabitha Kalluk, 46-year old Della “Jochebed” Ootoova, 18-year old Leona Brule, 15-year old Charlene Catholique, 24-year old Mary Rose Keadjuk, 17-year old Mariella Lennie, 39-year old Dorothy Abel and 22-year old Angela Meyer.

The Trail Went Cold has made donations to the following organizations in support of Indigenous women’s and girls’ issues in Canada.

The Native Women’s Association of Canada: https://nwac.ca

Amnesty International’s No More Stolen Sisters program: https://www.amnesty.ca/what-we-do/no-more-stolen-sisters/

Additional Reading:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/mary-ann-birmingham-anniversary-mmiw-1.4131421

https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/65674after_30_years_iqaluit_girls_murder_still_unsolved/

https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/20180314_MMIWG_Montreal_Public_Vol_65_-Birmingham.pdf

https://www.cbc.ca/missingandmurdered/mmiw/profiles/tabitha-niaqutiaq-kalluk

https://www.cbc.ca/missingandmurdered/mmiw/profiles/della-ootoova

https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/20180221_MMIWG_Rankin_Inlet_Public_Vol_47a_Nashook.pdf

https://www.cbc.ca/missingandmurdered/mmiw/profiles/leona-mae-brule

https://www.newspapers.com/image/legacy/476716020/

https://www.newspapers.com/image/legacy/475559912/

https://www.cbc.ca/missingandmurdered/mmiw/profiles/charlene-candice-catholique

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/aunt-remembers-charlene-catholique-1.5660623

https://www.nnsl.com/news/yk-cold-case-files-what-happened-to-charlene-catholique-part-1/

https://www.nnsl.com/news/yk-cold-case-files-what-happened-to-charlene-catholique-part-2/

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/mary-rose-keadjuk-remains-identified-1.4547174

https://www.nnsl.com/news/yk-cold-case-what-happened-to-mary-rose-keadjuk/

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/mariella-lennie-homicide-still-unsolved-after-more-than-20-years-1.3025591

https://www.nnsl.com/news/yk-cold-case-files-what-happened-to-mariella-lennie/

http://itstartswithus-mmiw.com/our-mother-dorothy-georgina-abel/

https://unsolvedcasefiles.ca/Files/1996/dorothy.php

https://www.cbc.ca/missingandmurdered/mmiw/profiles/angela-carmen-pitseolak-meyer

https://www.nnsl.com/news/yk-cold-case-what-happened-to-angela-meyer/

https://www.nnsl.com/news/yk-cold-case-part-2-the-search-for-angela-meyer/

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/mmiwg-inquiry-yellowknife-meyer-1.4500825

https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/lack-of-mental-health-care-a-factor-in-missing-womans-disappearance-family/

https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/20180123_MMIWG_Yellowknife_Public_Vol_40_combined.pdf

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.

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