Terms of reference for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Terms of reference

Creating the terms of reference

The Government of Canada worked diligently during the pre-inquiry design process to ensure the recommendations from survivors, families, loved ones and grassroots women's organizations, National Indigenous Organizations, as well as provinces and territories, are reflected in the commission's mandate. Through 18 pre-inquiry design meetings with over 2100 participants and over 4100 online survey submissions, the government ensured the voices of families and survivors were heard to ensure the inquiry would honour the spirits and memories of those we have lost, and to protect future generations.

The Government of Canada worked with the provinces and territories to finalize terms of reference that would provide commissioners with a mandate to look at all underlying causes of violence against Indigenous women and girls including systemic issues and make concrete recommendations to end the unacceptably high rates of violence, as well as the authority to examine institutional policies and practices such as policing or child welfare. At the February 2016 National Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, provinces and territories all agreed to participation and full cooperation in the national inquiry.

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