National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls


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The public participation stage of the pre-inquiry design process is now closed. The Government of Canada is reviewing the input received through the cross-country meetings, on-line survey, and e-mail/phone/mail submissions. Information on how to participate in the inquiry itself will be available once the inquiry is launched. Follow INAC on Twitter and Facebook for updates about the inquiry.

Pre-inquiry design process

Learn more about how victims' families, stakeholders and Canadians participated in the design of the inquiry.

What's new?

Find out more about the latest updates on the inquiry from the Government of Canada.

Final report

Read the final report of the pre-inquiry engagement process.


Discussion guide

Read the guide used at the pre-inquiry design meetings.

What we heard

Read summaries of the pre-inquiry design meetings, as well as the final report of the pre-inquiry engagement process.

Violence and abuse prevention programs

Find out more about Government of Canada programs to help end violence against Indigenous women and girls.

Background on the inquiry

Read more about why the Government of Canada has committed to launching a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

About the artists

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.

This image, as well as two others showing individual quilt panels, is a photograph of the Sisters in Spirit Travelling Quilt by Anishinaabe artist Alice Olsen Williams. Each quilt panel was contributed by a different Indigenous artist. Quilt images are reproduced with the permission of the Native Women's Association of Canada.

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