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Love Letters to Stolen Sisters

February 14th marked the 32nd Annual Women's Memorial March to grieve, remember and bring awareness to the disproportionate number of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and across BC. 

Megaphone vendor, storyteller and community artist and activist Priscilla Mays Tait was the emcee for the march and many Megaphone staff, vendors, storytellers and peers participated in the march. Pictured above are Megaphone's Program Manager Tracey Draper and Megaphone Vendor Peter Thompson. 

The cover story of the March 2023 issue of Megaphone magazine is titled Love Letters to Stolen Sisters and will feature photojournalism from the February 14th Women's Memorial March as well as six love letters to missing and murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirited from a variety of Megaphone vendors, storytellers and peers.   

In this post, we are sharing Marlene Jack's love letter to her sister Doreen Jack who disappeared with her spouse and two children from Prince George, BC in August 1989 and have never been found. 

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The Jack family of Prince George has been missing since the early hours of Aug. 2, 1989.

Doreen Jack, 26 and her spouse Ronnie Jack, 26, along with their children — nine-year-old Russell and four-year-old Ryan — disappeared from Prince George after telling family and friends they would be leaving the area to take temporary jobs at a logging camp in the Cluculz Lake area, about 40 kilometres west of Prince George. 

The couple did not have a vehicle, so the family had planned to travel that night with an unidentified man who offered them the work. At about 1:30 a.m. Aug. 2, the group got into a dark, four-wheel-drive pickup truck and left. But they never arrived and were reported missing on Aug. 25, 1989. They have never been heard from again.

After 34 years, what happened to the young family remains a mystery and is one of B.C.’s most notorious unsolved “cold cases.” It is rare for an entire family to disappear without a trace.

To mark the day of the 32nd annual Missing Women’s Memorial March (Feb. 14), Doreen’s younger sister, Marlene Jack, has written a letter to her, and has shared it with Megaphone.

Marlene says this time of year is particularly difficult for her, as all the family members' birthdays occur one after another: Russell's in February, Ronnie's in March, Doreen's in April and Ryan's in July.

If you have any information about the Jack family’s disappearance, please contact the Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300; or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Marlene has also created a Facebook page called Missing Jack family out of Prince George.




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