MMIWG2S+ National Inquiry – Final Report
The realities and barriers facing urban Indigenous peoples are captured in Reclaiming Power and Place: Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The 2019 Final Report of the National Inquiry on MMIWG proposes 231 Calls for Justice (CFJs) rooted in international and domestic Indigenous and human rights law. For the MMIWG2S+ Data Project, NAFC is working closely with the CFJs related to data collection and evaluation.
National Action Plan Urban Sub Working Group (USWG)
Since July 2020, NAFC has been an active member of the National Action Plan Urban Sub Working Group (USWG) comprised of members from urban Indigenous communities and organizations across Canada. As a member of the USWG, the NAFC was involved in the creation of the urban framework of the National Action Plan entitled, Urban Path to Reclaiming Power and Place, Regardless of Residency.
The framework includes a call to recognize urban Indigenous legitimacy, outlines urban realities, provides a definition of urban Indigenous people, and outlines urban perspectives on the baskets of rights: culture, health and wellness, safety and human security, and justice.
NAFC – Honouring Our Ways Article
In November of 2021, the National Association of Friendship Centres published “Honouring Our Ways”, the result of knowledge sharing of 50 Friendship Centre staff engaged in violence prevention work, that outlines the path towards responding to the MMIWG Calls for Justice. The report recommended that government, policymakers, and funders provide resources to build capacity within the Friendship Centre Movement to record and report data.
Reports and Additional Resources:
- Calls for Miskotahâ in Métis Perspectives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and LGBTQ2S+ People – Women of the Métis Nation (2019)
- Contributing Partners - National Action Plan
- National Inquiry MMIWG Interactive Map - Hearings and Events
- National Inuit Action Plan on Missing and Murdered Inuit Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People - Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (2021)
- New Journeys - National Association of Friendship Centres
- No more stolen Sisters - Amnesty International Canada (2004)
- NWAC Action Plan: Our Calls, Our Actions - Native Women’s Association of Canada (2021)
- Our Spirits Are Not For Sale: A Handbook for Helping Sexually Exploited Aboriginal Woman and Girls - Native Women’s Association of Canada (2014)
- Progress Report - National Action Plan (2022)
- Reconciliation with Indigenous Women, Changing the Story of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls - Ontario Native Women’s Association (2020)
- Safe Passage - Native Women’s Association of Canada initiative (2023)
- Voices of Our Sisters in Spirit - Native Women’s Association of Canada (2009)
- You Are Not Alone - Native Women’s Association of Canada
Videos and Podcasts:
- Canada must end genocide of Indigenous women & girls now, Pamela Palmater, Mi'kmaq (YouTube, 00:08:26)
- Missing and murdered, CBC podcast, hosted by Connie Walker, Cree (2 seasons)
- Protect Indigenous women, All My Relations (Podcast, 01:36:23)
- Protect our future daughters, directed by Maryanne Junta and Helena Lewis (Documentary, 00:05:46)
- Taken:The Podcast 10-episode podcast in Cree and English, hosted by Lisa Meeches (Anishinaabe from Long Plain First Nation)
- The REDress Project, Métis artist Jaime Black (YouTube, 00:02:39)
- Walking the Urban Path to MMIWG2S+ Action Plan Implementation (YouTube, 01:33:22)
There is a national, toll-free 24/7 crisis call line providing mental health support for anyone who requires emotional assistance related to missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. For assistance, call 1-844-413-6649.
Friendship Centres offer holistic wrap-around support including mental health programs, to find a Friendship Centre near you and more information on general support services visit NAFCs mental health resource page.