National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
The Government of Canada launched an independent national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is independent from the federal government. The inquiry will establish its own office and website. Contact information for the inquiry will be posted as soon as it is available. When it is available, please contact the inquiry directly to learn how to participate in or work for the inquiry.
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Services and information
- Key Deliverables for the Inaugural Meeting of the North American Working Group on Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls, October 14, 2016
- Seeking input: Federal strategy on gender-based violence
- Watch a broadcast of the Government of Canada naming commissioners for National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, August 3, 2016
Learn about the mandate, scope, timeframe and budget of the inquiry.
Learn about the commissioners who will be leading the inquiry, how they were chosen and what they will do.
Consult the terms of reference.
Learn how victims' families, stakeholders and Canadians participated in the design of the inquiry, and find summaries of the design meetings.
Find Government of Canada programs to help end violence against Indigenous women and girls.
Find out why the Government of Canada committed to launching a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
Find news releases, statements, videos and resources on the inquiry from the Government of Canada.
About the artist
This image is a reproduction of Plains Cree artist Ruth Cuthand's acrylic on canvas How Much Was Forgotten, from the collection of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Reproduced with the permission of Ruth Cuthand.
The use of red dresses to represent missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls was originated by Métis artist Jaime Black in 2010. In her exhibit The REDress Project, Black displayed over one hundred red dresses around the University of Winnipeg campus to raise awareness about this issue. Today red dresses continue to be used across Canada as a representation of the Indigenous women and girls lost to violent crime and as a call for action to prevent future violence.