79 women, girls killed in Canada from January-June 2018

Memory CandleA key objective of the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability is to bring a visible, national focus on femicide in this country. One way of doing so is to be sure that femicide victims are not forgotten by naming these women and girls with the purpose of remembering them.

Below, we begin by naming and remembering femicide victims from January to June 2018. We will continue to compile and document femicides from previous years and publish these names as they are completed. Below, there are many instances where we do not know the name of the woman or girl. This is largely due to a growing trend in some jurisdictions not to release names of victims. We feel it is still important to include an entry for this individual to remember her as a femicide victim.

As noted elsewhere on our website, we define femicide as ‘the killing of all women and girls primarily, but not exclusively, by men.’ As such, some of the cases below involve female accused. We will continue to include all such cases until there is clearer international consensus on the parameters of femicide or gender-related killings of women and girls.

Our information is drawn from media sources with relevant links provided and captures only information known at the time. Given the high risks faced by Indigenous women and girls and the ongoing national inquiry into this situation, we indicate whether the woman or girl was Indigenous. However, it is important to note that whether a woman or girl is Indigenous will not always be mentioned or captured in the media; therefore, these cases will be undercounted. Information will be updated as it becomes available.

Throughout the first half of 2018, there were numerous cases identified as ‘suspicious deaths’ or women and girls who disappeared. These names are not included below. We will continue to monitor the investigations into the deaths of these women and girls until these cases are resolved.

Deaths that result from car accidents or other clearly random acts are not included.

January 2018: 17 Femicide Victims

Barbara Kovic, 76, Etobicoke, ON (Jan 3)

Kristen Faye Cantre, 32, Indigenous, Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation, SK (Jan 7)

Name not released, 40, O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi First Nation, Crane River, MB (Jan 7)

Arlène Girard, 56, Sherbrooke, QC (Jan 8)

Louise Earle, 62, Brighton, ON (Jan 10)

Baljit Thandi, 32, Brampton, ON (Jan 12)
Avtar Kaur, 60, Brampton, ON (Jan 12)

Elaine Bellevue, 61, Mississauga, ON (Jan 13)

Holly Marie Hamilton, 29, Hamilton, ON (Jan 14)

Jan Singh, 70, Oakville, ON (Jan 17)

Angel Sandine Beaulieu, 22, Indigenous, Winnipeg, MB (Jan 18)

Deidra Ann Smith, 35, Highlands East Township, ON (Jan 21)

Deborah Irene Yorke, 63, Dartmouth, NS (Jan 21)

Hoden Dahir Said, 30, Brampton, ON (Jan 27)

Claire Hébert, 58, Gatineau, QC (Jan 28)

Name not released, 35, Indigenous, St. Theresa Point, Island Lake, MB (Jan 28)

Yun Yu, 61, LaSalle (Montreal), QC (Jan 28)

February 2018: 6 Femicide Victims

Safaa Marina, 53, Nepean, ON (Feb 4)

Agnes Sutherland, 62, Indigenous, Timmins, ON (Feb 4)

Maria Da Gloria Da Silva DeSousa, 81, Orleans, ON (Feb 10)

Ulla Theoret, 55, Ryerson Township, ON (Feb 23)
Raija Turunen, 88, Ryerson Township, ON (Feb 23)

Chelsey Tegan Alice Rose Bien, 25, Indigenous, Kwanlin Dün First Nation, YK (Feb 26)

March 2018: 13 Femicide Victims

Name not released, 21, Thicket Portage, MB (Mar 2)

Alicia Marie Lewandowski, 25, Mississauga, ON (Mar 5)

Essozinam Assali, 27, North York, ON (Mar 6)

Janice West, 62, Wiarton, ON (Mar 6)

Krassimira (Krissy) Pejcinovski, 39, Ajax, ON (Mar 14)
Venallia (Vana) Pejcinovski, 13, Ajax, ON (Mar 14)

Name not released, 9, Indigenous, Wemindji, QC (Mar 15)

Ruma Amar, 29, North York, ON (Mar 17)

Jennifer Lynne Semenec, 45, Springhill, NS (Mar 20)

Nadia El-Dib, 22, Malborough, AB (Mar 25)

Name not released, 51, Thompson, MB (Mar 26)

Raena Kalee Henry, 28, Indigenous, Squamish, BC (Mar 27)

Marian Fischer, Morris-Turnberry, ON (Mar 29)

April 2018: 16 Femicide Victims

Anne Rainville, 61, Marathon, ON (Apr 5)

Naomi Bartlette, 33, Moncton, NB (Apr 6)

Rosalie Gagnon, 2, Charlesbourg, QC (Apr 18)

Mary Lou Clauson, 61, Midale, SK (Apr 20)

Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Forsyth, 94, North York, ON (Apr 23)
Beutis Renuka Amarasingha, 45, North York, ON (Apr 23)
Andrea Bradden, 33, North York, ON (Apr 23)
Geraldine Brady, 83, North York, ON (Apr 23)
So He (Sohe) Chung, 22, North York, ON (Apr 23)
Anne Marie D'amico, 30, North York, ON (Apr 23)
Ji-Hun (Ji Hun) Kim, 22, North York, ON (Apr 23)
Dorothy Marie Sewell, 80, North York, ON (Apr 23)

Brittany Vande Lagemaat, 25, Kildare (Edmonton), AB (Apr 23)

Emily-Ann Anderson, 25, Sept-Îles, QC (Apr 23)
Kaylee Anderson Tooma, 3, Sept-Îles, QC (Apr 23)

Keri Smith, 36, Richmond, BC (Apr 30)

May 2018: 16 Femicide Victims

Name not released, 22, Indigenous, Iqaluit, NU (May 6)

Bigue Ndao, 33, Edmonton, AB (May 7)

Laura Jean Victoria Wigelsworth, 27, Vanastra, ON (May 10)

Name not released, 61, LaSalle (Montreal), QC (May 15)

Josephine Pelletier, 33, Indigenous, Calgary, AB (May 17)

Name not released, Fishing Lake Metis Settlement, AB (May 19)

Name not released, 23, Flin Flon, MB (May 19)

Angela Turner, 50, Charleswood, MB (May 21)

Abbegail Judith Elliott, 21, Toronto, ON (May 23)

Elisabeth Salm, 59, Ottawa, ON (May 24)

Rhoderie Estrada, 41, East York, ON (May 25)

Name not released, Iqaluit, NU (May 27)

Freda Joyes, Spruce Grove, AB (May 27)

Christine Lynn Barker, 36, Winnipeg, MB (May 28)

Name not released, 71, Sudbury, ON (May 28)

Heeley Rae Balanga, 35, Kawartha Lakes, ON (May 29)

June 2018: 11 Femicide Victims

Name not released, Taloyoak, NU (June 8)

Brandy Sandra Robillard, 24, Indigenous, Black Lake First Nation, SK (June 10)

Victoria Selby-Readman, 28, Toronto, ON (June 10)

Autumn Marie Taggart, 31, Windsor, ON (June 10)

Chloe Labrie, 28, Kuujjuaq, QC (June 12)

Autumn Miranda Andy-Cheena, 15, Indigenous, Mishkosiminiziibiing (Big Grassy) First Nation, ON (June 13)

Darlene Norma Cardinal, 43, Indigenous, Lac La Biche, AB (June 22)

Nicole Chouinard, 71, Laval, QC (June 23)

Jenas Nyarko, 31, Toronto, ON (June 24)

Chantelle Almeida, 26, Vaughan, ON (June 29)

Michelle Marcino, 56, Buck Lake, AB (June 29)