Jeanie de Vries, Michele Pineault and Lorelei Williams 'Butterflies in Spirit'

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Butterflies in Spirit
Stephanie Lane
Belinda Williams
Sarah Jean de Vries
Tanya Holyck
Department of First Nations Studies
Downtown Eastside
Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women
Missing Women's Commission of Inquiry

Jeannie de Vries, Michele Pineault and Lorelei Williams all suffered the grief of losing family members whose remains were later found on the Picton family farm in Port Coquitlam, BC.  Each speak to  the experience of having a family member go missing, and to later learn of their murder. Loss of mother, daughter, auntie, and other family members are reflected upon.  Mentioned is the “grief that never goes away’”, and raising children of those murdered.  To spread awareness about violence to aboriginal girls and women is a goal of the three interviewees. 


Disclaimer: All testimonies are the experiences and beliefs of the individuals interviewed. 

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SFU Library Summit: de Vries, Jeanie; Pineault, Michelle; Williams, Lorelei. Interviewer, Harrison, Don. Interview type, video recording. SFU Department of First Nations Studies. 2012. Research Assistants, Harrision, Don; Weasel Bear, Robyn. Department of First Nations Studies. ross, Dr. annie, Associate Professor. Funding provided by: SFU Teaching and Learning Development Grants