Listen to This! – Missing & Murdered

I’m deciding to start a new blog series called Listen to This!, featuring podcasts I find insightful, interesting or just plain funny. To start off, I’ll try to explain what a podcast is to those who haven’t heard of it. And don’t feel that you are worst off for not being in the know, we were all once podcast newbies ourselves.

The word podcast basically is a compound of two words “pod” as in yes, the iPod, and “cast” as in broadcast. It really is just radio on demand; episodes you can stream or download and listen to later. A lot of the time radio shows also release their content as a podcast, even with bonus content. Simple as that. You can access podcasts on just about anything whether online, Apple Podcast, or on this free app for Android. Okay, on to the very first recommendation.

This post, we will be starting off with the CBC radio series, Missing & Murdered: Who Killed Alberta Williams? There are many reasons why I wholeheartedly recommend this series and not just because I binge-listened to all of it in 3 days.

There is a profoundly disturbing problem happening in Canada right now. It’s the systemic issue of missing and murdered Indigenous girls and women. Not just that but the ignorance and indifference in the government, media and people in general to this problem. Connie Walker, an Indigenous woman herself goes to try and find the truth behind another Indigenous woman murdered in the 1990s. The emotions and stories from the friends and family of Alberta Williams made me stop a few times just to allow myself to process the information. At the end of its eight episodes, I really hoped they would made another season. After the series ended, evidence that was resurfaced amazingly allowed the RCMP to restart the investigation on the murder.

We are making the right steps in creating finding reconciliation with the Native peoples in Canada but much of media still treats these issues as a sensationalist headline and many people feel as if it has nothing to do with them. Listening this podcast is a great start in understanding the pain and suffering this group of peoples have been subjected to in the past and even today.