For more than four decades, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) has worked to document the systemic violence impacting Indigenous women, their families, and communities. From 2005 to 2010, NWAC’s Sisters In Spirit (SIS) Initiative confirmed 582 cases of missing and/or murdered Indigenous women and girls over a span of twenty years and worked to raise awareness of this human rights issue. From 2010 to 2014, NWAC continued to raise awareness and engage with communities through the culture-based and the creation of a comprehensive Community Resource Guide with the Evidence to Action projects. Throughout our work, NWAC believed the violence against Indigenous women to be much more pervasive than publicly available data would indicate. This suspicion was confirmed in 2013, when the RCMP released a report revealing 1,181 cases of missing and/or murdered Indigenous women and girls.
In December 2015 the Government of Canada launched the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). As a non-partisan third part observer, NWAC has released report cards evaluating the Inquiry’s progress and activities. NWAC has likewise been participating in the Inquiry’s National Indigenous Organization (NIO) Advisory Council.
National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Website:
- Summer and Fall 2017 Community Visits and Hearing Schedule: http://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/files/summer-and-fall-schedule-2017.pdf
- How to Participate in the National Inquiry Information Sheet: http://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/files/how-to-participate-en.pdf
Support for MMIWG and Those Affected by Violence
National Inquiry Into MMIWG Crisis Line
The National Inquiry into MMIWG has created a national, toll-free crisis call line. This line is available free of charge, 24/7. Please call 1-844-413-6649 if you or someone you know is triggered and needs help or support.
You Are Not Alone Support Resources
As part of the You Are Not Alone project, NWAC has created a bookmark of various support lines available. If you need help please reach out to a trusted friend or call one of the free anonymous phone line. If you need support, trained professionals are here to help.
Family Information Liaison Units
Family Information Liaison Units are a service for families of missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls funded through the Department of Justice and separate from the National Inquiry into MMIWG. These Units are intended to assist families in accessing information about their missing or murdered loved one from government sources. Every province and territory will have a Unit, which will provide support in gathering and sharing up-to-date information. In addition, the Units will ensure that families have knowledge of the existing networks and programs to assist and support them, including financial programs and grief and trauma counseling.