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The Government of Canada's Independent National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. 

Links below are a few primary sources on the ongoing National Inquiry.

  • Browsing and searching from any of the sites listed will provide official and primary source information on the current activities and results of the inquiry. 

 


Canada's Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Official Site

In response to calls for action from Indigenous families, communities and organizations, as well as non-governmental and international organizations, the Government of Canada launched an independent National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in September 2016. The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, which is composed of five Commissioners from across the country, is entirely independent from federal, provincial and territorial governments and crown corporations. The Commissioners’ mandate is to examine and report on the systemic causes of all forms of violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada by looking at patterns and underlying factors. This website is the National Inquiry’s official online portal. All news and information issued by the Commission will be published here as it becomes available. Please consult this page regularly for updates.

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MMIWG2S+ National Action Plan

In response to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, the National Action Plan to end violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people was released on June 3, 2021. This report is meant to honor and respect Indigenous peoples' values by prioritizing Indigenous-led solutions, to achieve transformative change over time. 

  • Click "Download the National Action Plan" to read the full report.
  • Please note that the website will evolve as the National Action Plan evolves. 

    Government of Canada MMIW

Indigenous and North Affairs of Canada home to MMIW information. Contains background information on the inquiry and links to additional resources not found on the Inquiry's home page. Useful for historical information and background onto the formation of the inquiry organization and government publications related to the inquiry.

  • Links on the INAC page include,
    • About the independent inquiry
    • About the commissioners
    • Terms of reference
    • Pre-inquiry design process
    • Violence and abuse prevention programs
    • Background on the inquiry
    • Government of Canada news

Royal Canadian Mounted Police on MMIW

Indigenous women and girls in Canada face greater risks of violence and homicide. In 2013, the Commissioner of the RCMP called for a report on these crimes. Our report provided us, and all Canadians, with the most accurate account to date on the issue. Includes reports and initiatives by the RCMP.

  • Contains information on,
    • Current RCMP Activities
    • RCMP Reports to Government
    • General Background
    • Public Service Announcements

Native Women's Association of Canada MMIW Fact Sheet

"Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) has created a database of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. NWAC has worked hard to research every case, yet we believe there are still many more cases to document. The statistics here are based on NWAC’s database as of March 31, 2010."

  • Independent facts sheet publication

This topic is currently unfolding. Careful assessment of secondary sources is important, whether they are articles, news reports, or analyses.


CBC Report on Unresolved MMIW

"CBC News has looked into 34 cases across Canada which involve the death or disappearance of Indigenous women, but which authorities say were not due to foul play. In every case, families of the women say they do not accept the findings of police. They suggest murder may be involved. CBC News found evidence in many of the cases that points to suspicious circumstances, unexplained bruises and other factors that suggest further investigation is warranted. This project is part of CBC's ongoing investigation into missing and murdered Indigenous women. We continue to expand our database of all unsolved cases."

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