This guide is meant to assist students who are beginning to research issues relating to the Highway of Tears. Please click on the links below to start your research process.
The Highway of Tears: The Term, Location, and Time Period
Term While researching the Highway of Tears, it is important to recognize that the term is relatively new compared to the time line of the murders. The term "Highway of Tears" was first used during a 1998 vigil in Terrace for six missing women (Tallman 57). The Highway of Tears may have been coined in 1998, but this is does not mean that all popular publications will have immediately adopted it. Please make sure you are not restricting your search by only using the term "Highway of Tears".
Location In 2004, the RCMP set-up Project E-Pana to investigate nine cases of missing and murdered women who vanished along Highway 16 West from Prince Rupert to Prince George. In 2007, the investigation widened to eighteen cases. Additionally, the RCMP included Highway 97 South from Prince George to Kamloops, Highway 5 from Kamloops to Merrit, and Highway 16 East from Prince George to Hinton, Alberta to their investigation (Tallman 49).
Time Period The RCMP examined cases of missing and murdered women from 1969 to 2006. The investigation has not added new cases after 2006 in spite of the fact that women are still experiencing violence along British Columbia's highways ("Highway of Tears").