Since 1969, hundreds of Indigenous women in Canada are missing, or have been murdered. It's prompted the government of Canada to launch an inquiry starting in the Spring of 2017. The CBC, Canada's public broadcaster has led the way in coverage of the issue, for which it has received numerous awards and honours. Now, CBC radio's flagship current affairs show, The Current, has gone deeper, launching its own townhall series which opens in 5 Canadian cities with a virtual reality documentary called the Highway of Tears. The Highway of Tears is a highway in northern British Columbia where so many Indigenous women have disappeared over the years. Using Virtual reality technology has helped CBC radio, deepen Canadians understanding of the story by transporting them to the highway, and then by taking them into the home of a mother still searching for answers in the wake of her daughter's disappearance. Compelling radio, using a powerful visual tool. The VR documentary is easy to download, and available to all Canadians for viewing as complimentary coverage to the CBC's townhall series, and in the lead up to the Federal government's own inquiry.
Kathleen Goldhar is the Executive producer of The Current - CBC Radio's flagship current affairs program. She's been with The Current since its inception in 2002 and has won numerous national and international awards for her documentaries and special programming. Before The Current, Kathleen worked as a radio reporter in Winnipeg and a print reporter in Vancouver, Toronto and Whitehorse, Yukon. Much of her work has focused on Canadian justice issues, with a special interest in North Korea. Kathleen lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.