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Taken: Emily Osmond

Emily Osmond retired to her home community near Kawacatoose First Nation, Saskatchewan, after living a full life having run three different businesses and raising several children as her own.

Emily lived alone with her dogs, not wanting to be in a retirement home waiting to die. She kept track of her medication on a calendar; on September 13, 2007, Emily made her last entry on that calendar and vanished without a trace. Her family believes Emily was taken—her dogs were abandoned—she had told no one she was leaving and her purse was still in her home when the police investigated.

The family suspects there was foul play. It appeared to family members her things had been disturbed and unfamiliar tire tracks riddled her property. It was unlikely she could travel far from her home as she used a cane. To further create heartache for the family, Emily’s grand nephew, Cody Wolf, disappeared a few years later. As a result, the community and law enforcement agencies have come together.

Lloyd Goodwill, RCMP-retired, has a hard time understanding how one missing person case is somehow more important than another, as is the case with so many of the murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls. The lack of that equity in the past is why we are now seeing an inquiry by the Canadian federal government. This case also raises awareness that Indigenous women and girls live with a higher risk of violence in their lives simply due to their Indigenity.

Taken is currently running a contest via Facebook. You could win a visit to the set in 2017 and be a part of the shoot. Interested participants can find details here. The name of the winner will be announced on Facebook following the airing of next week’s episode on October 14.

Taken airs a new episode Fridays at 7:30 p.m. ET on APTN.

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Teacher. Writer. Mom. Masters' Candidate, Faculty of Education, Western University. Studying Pop Culture Media as a Decolonizer of Education Policy and Practice. I also volunteer as a Girl Guide leader in my spare time.
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