Where is Cleo? Taken by child welfare workers in the 1970’s and adopted in the U.S., the young Cree girl’s family believes she was raped and murdered while hitchhiking back home to Saskatchewan. CBC news investigative reporter Connie Walker joins the search to find out what really happened to Cleo.
Introducing: Life Jolt
Life Jolt - prison slang for a life sentence - examines the lives of women navigating Canada’s correctional system. The team gained unprecedented access to the Grand Valley Institution prison, the federal pen for women in Ontario, for a full year. They followed women going into prison for the first time, spoke with lifers who have been there for years, and parolees as they left. Hosted by Rosemary Green, a former inmate herself, Life Jolt focuses on individual women’s stories and the realities of prison life, and explores a wide range of issues including parenting behind bars, segregation, the over-representation of Indigenous women, addiction, trauma and the many obstacles of reintegration. More episodes are available at: smarturl.it/lifejolt
Introducing Stolen: The Search for Jermain
In 2018, a young Indigenous mother left a bar in Missoula, Montana, and was never seen again. Journalist Connie Walker goes inside the investigation to find Jermain Charlo, tracking down leads and joining search parties through the dense mountains of the Flathead Reservation. As she unravels this mystery, the show examines what it means to be an Indigenous woman in America. More episodes are available for free on Spotify.
Introducing Uncover: The Village
Two waves of murders, 40 years apart. Who's killing men in Toronto's gay community and why are they getting away with it? Subscribe now at cbc.ca/uncover.
Introducing Someone Knows Something: Kerrie Brown
Fifteen-year-old Kerrie Brown disappeared from a house party in Thompson, Manitoba. Her body was found two days later. Host David Ridgen joins Kerrie's friends and family on their search for answers. Subscribe to Someone Knows Something now.
S2 Episode 10: Cleo’s letters
Even though it was supposed to have been destroyed in 1983, the police file documenting the investigation into Cleo’s death still exists and it contains more detail than Christine ever imagined learning about the last days, hours and even minutes of Cleo’s short life.
S2 Episode 9: Reunion
Christine travels to Pennsylvania for an emotional reunion with her brother, Johnny, who she hasn’t seen since she was a baby. Determined to get more answers about the days and weeks leading up to her sister’s death, Christine finally gets a copy of Cleo’s death certificate. That, and other documents begin to shed light on the truth she’s been seeking for decades.
One of my favourite podcasts
Shedding light on historically overlooked crimes against the indigenous, Connie Walker has figured out a sensitive narrative to address the aftermath of unsolved crimes against Canadian First Nations families. As a listener, you are with her every way of her journey to find out why minority women and children are at risk. Season 2 was painfully captivating, and so beautifully told.