Monday, March 28, 2011

Manitoba's $60,000 public awareness campaign for missing and murdered Aboriginal women

Yvonne Raymond and Chase Gouthro did a story for Red River College's weekly news broadcast about Manitoba's $60,000 public awareness campaign for missing and murdered women.

The campaign has seen a number of billboards and bus signs with the pictures of 10 missing or murdered women who's cases have not been solved and a caption saying "What if she was your daughter" scattered throughout the city. The province hopes this blatant campaign will bring people forward with information that could solve these cases.

This was the first time Raymond and Gouthro have ever reported on this issue, and both were heavily affected after meeting Barbara Houle, mother of murdered 17-year-old Manitoba woman, Cherisse Houle.

In her blog, Raymond articulates how difficult it was talk to the grieving mother. She said "interviewing a mother who's daughter was murdered was unbearable." She calls this kind of reporting "one of the most difficult task a journalist can face."

Please watch the video and pass it on.

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