National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

The Government of Canada launched a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, independent from the federal government.

To learn more about the inquiry, or find out how to participate in or work for the inquiry, please visit the inquiry's website.

This website deals with topics which may negatively impact the reader due to its subject matter. The Government of Canada recognizes the need for safety measures to minimize the risks associated with traumatic subject matter. A national, toll-free crisis call line has been set up to provide support for anyone who requires emotional assistance. This line is available free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 1-844-413-6649 if you or someone you know has been impacted and would like support due to the content on this website.

Services and information

About the independent inquiry

Learn about the mandate, scope, timeframe and budget of the inquiry.

Addressing the interim report

Learn how the Government of Canada is responding to some of the recommendations in the interim report.

 

About the commissioners

Learn about the commissioners who will be leading the inquiry, how they were chosen and what they will do.

Terms of reference

Consult the terms of reference.

 

Pre-inquiry design process

Learn how victims' families, stakeholders and Canadians participated in the design of the inquiry, and find summaries of the design meetings.

Violence and abuse prevention programs

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

 

Background on the inquiry

Find out why the Government of Canada committed to launching a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Government of Canada news

Find news releases, statements, videos and resources on the inquiry from the Government of Canada.

 

Family Information Liaison Units

Family members seeking information about their missing or murdered loved one can access Family Information Liaison Units.

 

Health support services

Indigenous Services Canada covers confidential services provided by Elders and Traditional Healers, skilled Indigenous community-based workers and mental health workers enrolled with ISC. Call the number in your region for help finding a service near you:

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.

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