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Tanya Tagaq lends her voice to MMIW doc

1200+ was co-produced by MKO grand chief Sheila North Wilson

A new documentary on the plight of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada features a few familiar faces, and voices.

Co-produced by former journalist Sheila North Wilson, 1200+ looks at why and how Indigenous women go missing in this country. The documentary was made in Manitoba and its trailer is accompanied by an improvised piece of music written and performed by Tanya Tagaq.

Among those interviewed in the documentary is Robert-Falcon Ouellette, who at the time was running for mayor of Winnipeg and who now is an MP.

"We all have a part to come up with some of the solutions and find the answers for these cases because we're all connected in some way," North Wilson, grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, told the CBC.

"I think all of us are affected in some way and we all have to deal with it, even though we might not admit it," she said. 

Tagaq has been vocal about the issue of violence against women and missing and murdered Indigenous women. During her performance at the Polaris Prize Gala last year (she was the award winner that evening), names of missing and murdered women were displayed behind her on a large screen. She’s spoken to media about the issue and has talked about her own experiences with sexism and racism.

Watch the trailer for 1200+ below:

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