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3/21/2017

article Inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women has just 122 names registered
(Canada) -- Families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls are concerned about how the commission overseeing a long-awaited national inquiry is collecting...

3/20/2017

article Indigenous women’s inquiry, Ottawa locked in data dispute
(Ottawa) -- The federal Minister of Indigenous Affairs says her government has provided the names of hundreds of missing and murdered Indigenous women to the inquiry...

3/18/2017

article Pressure builds as missing, murdered Indigenous women inquiry prepares public hearings
(Ontario) -- More details were released this week about how the national inquiry into Canada's missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls will proceed, but some...
article Toronto tattoo artist raising money and awareness for MMIW
(Ontario) -- When two young girls went missing and were later found dead in Kenora last year Jenn Liles felt it was important not to let their deaths go unnoticed or be...

3/17/2017

article Pressure builds as missing, murdered Indigenous women inquiry prepares public hearings
(Thunder Bay) -- More details were released this week about how the national inquiry into Canada's missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls will proceed, but...

3/16/2017

article Sudbury police to launch missing and murdered Indigenous women strategy
(Sudbury) -- Police in Sudbury say they will soon have an official strategy in place to help deal with female Indigenous victims of crime. According to the Greater...

3/14/2017

article 'Do no harm': Mental health support key as MMIW inquiry triggers painful past, families say
(Canada) -- Cheryl James says the looming national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women is triggering painful memories. James' mother and stepmother...

3/12/2017

article Manitoba delegation telling UN about risks faced by young Indigenous women
(Manitoba) -- The root causes of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls epidemic — and possible solutions — are on the agenda as Manitobans head...

3/9/2017

article Appointment to Indigenous inquiry of retired judge who granted 1989 abortion injunction raises red flag
(Quebec) -- In 1989, four years into his career on the bench, Quebec Superior Court Justice Jacques Viens told 21-year-old Chantal Daigle that having a baby with her ex-...
article Opinion: Why gender is such a critical part of the national MMIW inquiry
(Canada) -- What does it mean to go missing? What does it mean to disappear? At the lowest estimates, the Native Women's Association of Canada and the RCMP have...

3/7/2017

article MMIW coalition says national inquiry keeping families in the dark
(Manitoba) -- The families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls say they are being left in the dark by the national inquiry into their loved ones'...

3/6/2017

article Families of #MMIW frustrated with lack of information from national inquiry
(Ontario) -- Harvey Michele was eating breakfast with his mother in Thunder Bay Ontario when the police walked in through the diner door. “The police came and told...

3/1/2017

article 'I'm in disbelief': Advocate overwhelmed by number of Indigenous children in care
(Canada) -- Why it's important for Canadians to listen to survivors of MMIW issue: Karen Hill, Director of Aboriginal Services, Ontario Association of Children's...
article 'Reconciliation is a two-way street': Indigenous youth want 'more than canoes'
(Canada) -- This special edition of The Current was a public forum held in Toronto looking at how MMIW issues affect children and youth.
article Why 'love is medicine' for Indigenous youth
(Canada) -- The Current's public forum focusing on the impact of how missing and murdered Indigenous women issue affects children and youth opens the floor to the...

2/25/2017

article Red dresses on campus remain after march for missing and murdered indigenous women
(Alberta) -- Students passing the Central Academic Building can see a number of red dresses meant to bring awareness to missing and murdered indigenous women. The...

2/23/2017

article American Indians march in solidarity of murdered and missing Indigenous Women
(Minnesota) -- The third annual Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women’s March took place on Tuesday, Feb 14. Starting at the American Indian Center on East...

2/21/2017

article 'My only goal is to get justice': Sue Caribou heads to MMIW inquiry's 1st family advisory circle
(Manitoba) -- Sue Caribou will be sharing the stories of her family who have been murdered or disappeared in Manitoba at the first meeting of the family advisory circle...
article Family of slain N.S. woman sculpts memorial for missing and murdered Indigenous women
(Nova Scotia) -- Three generations of women who live on Nova Scotia's Indian Brook First Nation used the community's annual snow sculpting contest to start a...

2/16/2017

article Native women push for more action on missing and murdered sisters
(Washington D.C.) -- Native women and their advocates are building more awareness about a problem well known in tribal communities but one that has largely gone...
article Thousands take to the streets of Vancouver for #MMIW Valentine
(Canada) -- Annual marches in memory of missing and murdered Indigenous women took place across the country on Valentine’s Day. While most communities may have a...

2/15/2017

article Former Olympian Waneek Horn-Miller discusses her new 'mission': the MMIW inquiry
(Canada) -- For Waneek Horn-Miller, being part of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is more than just a job — it's a...

2/14/2017

article Sacred fire ceremony for missing and murdered indigenous people
(Ontario) -- First Nations representatives gathered on the front lawn of Hamilton City Hall Tuesday for a sacred fire ceremony to commemorate missing and murdered...
article Marchers in Duluth remember missing, murdered Native American women
(Minnesota) -- Valentine's Day marks an annual celebration of love — but for some women, relationships are the source of deadly violence. A group of women...
article Minnesota group holds first-ever Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women's Walk
(Minnesota) -- Natasha Kingbird walked for her friend Krista Fisherman. "When Krista got murdered they didn't make a big thing about it," said Kingbird,...
article Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s March highlights a persistent but underreported problem
(Minnesota) -- For the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC), Valentine’s Day isn’t just a day to celebrate love, but also an...

2/13/2017

article Relatives of woman whose death sparked MMIW's memorial march want changes in the justice system
(British Columbia) -- Cheryl Ann Joe was a young mother of three small boys from the Sechelt community on the Sunshine Coast of B.C. The 26-year-old Coast Salish woman...

2/11/2017

article Sing Our Rivers Red march and exhibit hopes to use art to raise awareness of violence against Native women
(Colorado) -- A red river of fabric will wash down the 16th Street Mall on Tuesday, carried by indigenous and non-native people to honor the missing and murdered Native...
article Victoria show starring developmentally disabled actors gets $120K grant
(British Columbia) -- A new opera about B.C.’s missing aboriginal women and a variety show starring performers with developmental disabilities are among Victoria...

2/7/2017

article #MMIWG commissioners’ debut in Ottawa goes sideways, offers little new information
(Ottawa) -- Commissioners leading Canada’s national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women walked into their first news conference wanting to reassure...
article Women and girls to remain primary focus of MMIW inquiry, commission says
(Canada) -- Violence against women and girls will remain the primary focus of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, despite a push...
article Government Operations Centre monitored missing and murdered Indigenous women rallies
(Canada) -- An operations centre charged with alerting the federal government to potential threats to public safety monitored demonstrations calling for an inquiry into...

2/3/2017

article MMIW inquiry could include Indigenous men and boys
(Canada) -- Commissioners at the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) are discussing ways to include Indigenous men and boys in the inquiry...

2/2/2017

article Drive to include men in MMIW inquiry undermined by association with controversial men's rights group
(Canada) -- Last week, a new coalition called Expand the Inquiry met with federal officials to argue for the need to expand the terms and scope of the inquiry into...

2/1/2017

article Family often feel 'used by media,' says Indigenous reporter of MMIW coverage
(Canada) -- It's important to acknowledge what media has broken when it comes to covering the missing and murdered Indigenous women issues, Angela Sterritt, a...

1/31/2017

article Missing, murdered aboriginal women inquiry adds men and boys
(Vancouver) -- The national inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women and girls has quietly agreed to include men and boys. After more than two years of...

1/30/2017

article Beaded hearts project honours MMIW in the North
(North Dakota) -- Kathy Meyer thinks about her daughter Angela every day. She wonders where she is and what has happened to her. Angela Meyer disappeared from...

1/29/2017

article Indigenous Feminism: Creating a new narrative by empowering indigenous voices
(Washington) -- Last Friday, the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House was full of students, faculty, and community members who gathered to celebrate the works and narratives...

1/27/2017

article 'We don't want to lose another one': first leg of Highway of Tears transit run begins Monday
(British Columbia) -- Every morning at 5 a.m., Joshua Antonio Alfred stands on the side of Highway 16, hitchhiking to work. "I need to pay my bills, I need money,...

1/25/2017

article '9 years is a very long time to wait': Claudette Osborne's mother pleads for information at vigil
(Manitoba) -- Brenda Osborne wiped the tears from her eyes as she spoke to family and friends in Winnipeg about the pain she feels, as another year passes without any...

1/23/2017

article RCMP change investigative approach to MMIW cases
(Canada) -- The RCMP have made changes to how they investigate missing persons cases, months before a long-awaited inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and...

1/19/2017

article Little progress on info units for families of missing, murdered indigenous women
(Ottawa) -- Nearly six months after Ottawa promised millions of dollars to help the families of missing or murdered indigenous women and girls navigate the justice...

1/18/2017

article #MMIWG inquiry announces lawyer who will lead commission
(Ontario) -- The former counsel for the Ipperwash inquiry has been chosen to be the lead lawyer for the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and...
article MMIW Inquiry names additions to its legal team
(Ontario) -- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has added two well-known lawyers to its legal team. Christa Big Canoe, an...

1/16/2017

article Memorial honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women opens
(Nova Scotia) -- A travelling memorial to honour and remember more than 1,800 missing and murdered Indigenous women has opened in Halifax. Hundreds of beaded and...

1/15/2017

article PHOTOS: Haligonians walk with missing and murdered sisters
(South Dakota) -- It has been more than four decades since a passing rancher found Annie Mae Pictou Aquash’s body in a ditch on the South Dakota prairie. In 1975,...

1/5/2017

article MMIW inquiry gets low grades in 1st report card
(Canada) -- The commission heading up a long-awaited inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) gets low marks when it comes to keeping victims...

1/3/2017

article Inquiry into missing, murdered indigenous women will strain health resources: authors
(Vancouver) -- The public-health community must be prepared to deal with the “emotional burdens” of a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous...
article Winnipeg 'champions' conducted never-ending search for the missing in 2016
(Manitoba) -- Mitch Bourbonniere began 2016 helping hundreds of Winnipeggers look for Cooper Nemeth, a search that ended when the slain 17-year-old's body was found...

12/30/2016

article Northern Manitoba grand chief looks back at 2016 and the fight for MMIW
(Manitoba) -- Sheila North Wilson began 2016 with hope Canadians would better understand the tragic scope of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. One year...

12/27/2016

article Martha Troian reflects on launch of MMIW inquiry
(Edmonton) -- I remember sitting in my office at home, staring out my window while conducting my first interview for CBC's missing and murdered Indigenous women and...

12/21/2016

article BLOG: With Friends Like These: Expand the Inquiry, but on whose terms?
(Canada) -- On December 7th, 2016, a coalition called Expand the Inquiry launched a petition asking that the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women...

12/20/2016

article Missing and murdered Indigenous women inquiry launches new website
(Canada) -- Families of missing and murdered Indigenous women should sign up for MMIW inquiry emails while they wait to register to participate, inquiry commission...

12/17/2016

article Why inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women should resist calls to include men
(British Columbia) -- Last week, a new coalition called Expand the Inquiry met with federal officials to argue for the need to expand the terms and scope of the inquiry...

12/16/2016

article Man in brutal Winnipeg sex attacks a ‘poster child’ for child-welfare failures: defence
(Winnipeg) -- A man who brutally beat and sexually assaulted a Winnipeg woman and a teenage girl in random, separate attacks deserves a prison sentence, but not a life...

12/14/2016

article Repeated missing persons like 'constantly hitting the reset button'
(Saskatoon) -- On a frigid morning in Saskatoon, Det.-Const. Chris Harris stood in the back doorway of an Avenue U home, chatting with its occupants. A 20-year-old woman...

12/10/2016

article Why Are Indigenous Leaders Partnering with MRA Groups?
(Ottawa) -- The issue of missing and murdered Indigenous men is now in the spotlight. This comes thanks to efforts by leaders like Cheam First Nation Chief Ernie Crey,...

12/7/2016

article 'She was Aboriginal. She had an addiction': Sister of MMIW says family had to push police
(Canada) -- Bernadette Smith's sister Claudette Osborne went missing in 2008. She was 21-years-old and was last seen near a Winnipeg hotel.
article 'We don't have to wait for a national inquiry to start making changes,' says Winnipeg police chief
(Winnipeg) -- Winnipeg is a city seen as ground zero in the fight to bring national attention to the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
article B.C. aboriginals urge all genders be included in murdered women's inquiry
(British Columbia) -- Prominent aboriginals in B.C., including Chief Ernie Crey and Janine Cunningham, are in Ottawa this week pressing for men to be included in the...

12/6/2016

article AFN's B.C. regional chief apologizes, resigns from missing women portfolio over Instagram photo
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations has resigned as head of the assembly's missing and murdered women portfolio after...

12/5/2016

article MMIW commission won't hear testimony from families until spring 2017
(Canada) -- Three months after the official launch of the long-awaited inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, a spokesman says the commissioners won't...

12/4/2016

article MMIW commission won't hear testimony from families until spring 2017
(Canada) -- Three months after the official launch of the long-awaited inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, a spokesman says the commissioners won't...

12/1/2016

article Families, law enforcement meet at public forum on MMIW
(Manitoba) -- Families of missing and murdered Indigenous women had a chance to address the leaders of Manitoba RCMP directly at a town-hall style public forum held by...
article Pancake breakfast raises awareness, funds for MMIW
(Manitoba) -- Santa, Minnie Mouse, Winnipeg police and First Nations chiefs joined forces Thursday in Winnipeg to serve pancakes and raise money for MMIW. The Assembly...

11/30/2016

article 'It felt like the whole world collapsed': Arrest brings closure for Angela Poorman's daughter
(Manitoba) -- When Nautia Crier received word Winnipeg police had made an arrest she was finally able to feel a bit of closure about her mother's death. "As...
article Regina march raises awareness of missing, murdered indigenous men
(Saskatchewan) -- Colleen Whitedeer and her family are walking toward closure. “My brother has been missing since October 2014,” said Whitedeer. Timothy...
article Sask. woman wants inquiry into missing, murdered Indigenous men
(Saskatchewan) -- A small group of Saskatchewan women is pressing for more national attention to missing and murdered Indigenous men. On Wednesday, Colleen Whitedeer,...

11/29/2016

article MMIW case: Arrest made in 2014 killing of Angela Marie Poorman
(Manitoba) -- Police have arrested a suspect in the 2014 stabbing death of Angela Marie Poorman. Emergency crews found Poorman outside at Charles Street and Selkirk...

11/28/2016

article Bear Clan 'inundated' with number of missing people in Winnipeg
(Manitoba) -- The Bear Clan Patrol says it's currently looking for half a dozen people and it is inundated with calls for help from the families of people who have...
article Never forgotten: Leduc rally honours missing and murdered Indigenous women
(Edmonton) -- "Look, it's Amber," says Vivian Tuccaro, pointing to the sun as it breaks through clouds over Leduc, Alta. She smiles as the rays reach her...

11/27/2016

article 'You can't deal with hurt on your own': Pipe ceremony supports families of missing, murdered women
(Manitoba) -- Seated in a large circle in Winnipeg's Thunderbird House, a small group of people came together for a pipe ceremony on Saturday to offer healing and...

11/26/2016

article Guiboche's family has 'faith' in finding closure after new cases taken on by missing and murdered task force
(Manitoba) -- The family of Amber Guiboche is hopeful they will get answers about their sister's disappearance after the case was taken on by Project Devote, a joint...

11/25/2016

article Task force investigating missing and murdered Manitobans takes on 2 new cases
(Manitoba) -- The unsolved cases of Amber Guiboche and Tiffany Skye were recently added to the list of cases that Project Devote is investigating. Just last Wednesday,...
article Grassy Narrows chief says Ontario must keep promise of mercury cleanup
(Thunder Bay) -- The chief of Grassy Narrows First Nation says Ontario must stand by a promise made by the environment minister this week to clean up the mercury...

11/24/2016

article Run Sister Run: Manitoba teen who ran 115km for MMIW focus of music video, Vogue article
(Manitoba) -- More than 100 kilometres and over a year later, a Manitoba teen's mission to bring attention to missing and murdered Indigenous women is getting...

11/21/2016

article 'Caribou Legs' closes cross-country run for MMIW in St. John's
(Canada) -- Six months, one country, one cause. Ultra-runner Brad Firth, also known as 'Caribou Legs,' ran into St. John's on Sunday morning, to cap off his...
article STU basketball players take knee to raise awareness of MMIW
(New Brunswick) -- Two indigenous students at St. Thomas University are using their profile as athletes to raise awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women....

11/20/2016

article Indigenous sexual abuse likely to dominate inquiry into missing, murdered women
(Canada) -- Sharon Acoose remembers being groped as a child by an uncle who paid her in pocket change for her trouble — the earliest roots of a life scarred by sex...

11/15/2016

article B.C. limits on probe into missing, murdered indigenous women vex advocates
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. government has issued an order-in-council that some legal advocates fear places new restrictions on the national inquiry into missing and...
article Red ribbons adorn Winnipeg bridges to honour MMIW
(Manitoba) -- The next time you cross the Red River in Winnipeg you'll notice red ribbons adorning bridge beams to honour Canada's missing and murdered...

11/10/2016

article Kneeling for missing, murdered indigenous women
(New Brunswick) -- Many people have seen the kneels that National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers has taken during the national...

11/4/2016

article Missing, murdered Indigenous women cases face systemic review in Thunder Bay, Ont.
(Ontario) -- Ontario's police watchdog says he'll share the results of his systemic review into how Thunder Bay police investigate the disappearances and deaths...
article CBC adds oldest Manitoba case so far to MMIW database: 56 years later, still no answers
(Manitoba) -- Flora Muskego was found frozen to death in a snow drift near Norway House First Nation 56 years ago. Her family is still wondering what happened to the 22-...
article Distraught husband gets help from Drag the Red
(Manitoba) -- Podge Dimagiba knows he's in a race against time to find his wife who has been missing since Sunday night. He has been walking around the River Heights...

10/29/2016

article Instagram project asks what attracts volunteers to patrol Winnipeg neighbourhoods
(Manitoba) -- A new Instagram project launched by the National Film Board (NFB) of Canada gives a face to community-run Winnipeg search teams the Bear Clan and Drag the...

10/28/2016

article Missing First Nation’s Men and Boys in Canada
(Canada) -- I ask myself: “why is all the focus on missing aboriginal women and girls?” What happened to the men and boys? Are they not equally important to...

10/27/2016

article Sweat lodge honours missing and murdered Indigenous women
(Canada) -- "A very important experience." That's how The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti describes her first sweat lodge ceremony. In October, Tremonti...
article Caribou Legs, Indigenous ultra-marathoner, gets warm welcome in Nova Scotia
(Nova Scotia) -- His name is Brad Firth, but he goes by "Caribou Legs." He's a thousand kilometres away from finishing his cross-Canada run to raise...

10/23/2016

article Winnipeg artists collaborate on graphic novel about missing, murdered Indigenous women
(Manitoba) -- An upcoming multimedia project that includes a graphic novel aims to show how a young First Nations girl sees the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous...

10/19/2016

article MMIW families still waiting for promised help, Bernadette Smith says
(Manitoba) -- The Manitoba government needs to step up with support programs and services that were promised to families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and...
article MMIW public forum: 'Cold cases should have been solved,' says mother of Ramona Wilson
(British Columbia) -- On June 11, 1994, Matilda Wilson said goodbye to her daughter Ramona for the last time. She was 16-years-old and her murder is still unsolved.

10/17/2016

article Families of missing, murdered Indigenous women want answers on liaison units
(Canada) -- The families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls say they are anxiously awaiting more details about the programs and services they were...
article MMIW public forum: 'Cold cases should have been solved,' says mother of Ramona Wilson
(Canada) -- On June 11, 1994, Matilda Wilson said goodbye to her daughter Ramona for the last time. She was 16-years-old and her murder is still unsolved. As part of The...

10/16/2016

article MMIW case ends with difficult answers for family decades after death
(Canada) -- It took longer than Barbara Kate Keam's lifetime for her family to finally find out what happened the night she was beaten to death. Keam, 21, of Norway...

10/14/2016

article Renewed calls for MMIW inquiry to include missing men, 7 months after B.C. boy vanishes
(British Columbia) -- An advocate for B.C.'s missing women is renewing his calls for Canada's national public inquiry to investigate the mysterious deaths and...
article Virtual reality production gives a new view of the Highway of Tears
(British Columbia) -- It’s known as the Highway of Tears, an empty stretch of road in Northern British Columbia where at least 18 women, mainly indigenous, have...

10/9/2016

article MMIW gathering in Vancouver focuses on children abused in care
(British Columbia) -- Hundreds gathered at the annual Sisters in Spirit candle light vigil in Vancouver and listened to families speak about their missing loved ones.

10/8/2016

article Push to include men in missing and murdered indigenous inquiry
(Canada) -- A growing movement is demanding that indigenous boys and men be part of the inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women. It took years of pressure and...

10/7/2016

article Annual MMIW march in Montreal demands action now
(Quebec) -- Vigils for missing and murdered Indigenous women were held across the country Tuesday. It’s a somber tradition that advocates for change.

10/5/2016

article Native women's group frustrated by 'no visible progress' in national inquiry
(Canada) -- The head of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is defending the inquiry’s progress after the Native Women’...

10/4/2016

article 'We're back again. We want justice': Activists hold MMIW vigil on Parliament Hill
(Ottawa) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to attend a rally organized today on Parliament Hill to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two...
article Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook remembered at MMIW vigil on Parliament Hill
(Ottawa) -- As Ottawa police continue to investigate the suspicious circumstances of Annie Pootoogook's death, the Inuk artist's image was front and centre among...
article Protesters denounce violence against aboriginal women
(Montreal) -- More than 500 people gathered in Montreal on Tuesday evening to denounce violence against Indigenous women. Before the march from Emilie Gamelin Park to...
article Sisters in Spirit vigils planned across Saskatchewan
(Saskatchewan) -- A number of vigils are being held across the country, including in Saskatchewan, to remember murdered and missing Indigenous women today. The Sisters...
article Winnipeg photographer captures strength of Indigenous women and girls in new exhibit
(Winnipeg) -- A Winnipeg photographer has used a 175-year-old photo technique to capture the strength of Manitoba's Indigenous women and girls. Jon Adaskin's...

10/1/2016

article Aboriginal youth seek shoes for Calgary MMIW art project
(Calgary) -- Two Calgary teens are seeking shoes for an art project they hope will bring more awareness to Canada's missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls...

9/27/2016

article Inuit women's groups ask for apology after senator accuses them of racism
(Nunavut) -- Two women's groups in Nunavut are calling for an apology from the territory's senator, after he suggested they may have racist motivations in their...

9/26/2016

article Polson teen shining light on important Native American issue
(Montana) -- It’s hard to be “different” when you’re in high school. But one 17-year-old Lake County senior is stepping out of the “teenage...
article RCMP pitched parallel process for national MMIW inquiry
(Manitoba) -- The Mounties came up with a review process to run alongside the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, according to a newly released...

9/25/2016

article 27-Year-Old Native Woman Murdered on Spirit Lake Indian Reservation
(North Dakota) -- Tribal members of the Spirit Lake Indian are mourning the death of Carla Yellowbird, 27, whose body was discovered near St. Michael on the Spirit Lake...

9/22/2016

article Regina police say they haven't given up finding Richele Bear
(Saskatchewan) -- Regina police say they haven't given up on finding out what happened to Richele Bear, one of two young Indigenous women killed by Clayton Eichler...
article Did Drag the Red searchers find a skull? Police divers have yet to check
(Manitoba) -- Volunteers with Drag the Red believe there is a human skull in the Red River and are wondering why Winnipeg police have not gone underwater to find it.

9/18/2016

article Body of Deanna Desjarlais, 27, found in Surrey, B.C.
(Canada) -- The body of Deanna Desjarlais, a young Cree woman who went missing nearly five months ago, was found this week in a wooded area in Surrey, B.C.Desjarlais, 27...
article Christine Wood's family 'overwhelmed' by community fundraiser
(Canada) -- The family of a young woman believed missing in Winnipeg is thanking the community after a fundraiser drew hundreds and raised more than $5,000 for her...

9/16/2016

article B.C. First Nation offers 20K reward in case of Immaculate Basil, missing since 2013
(British Columbia) -- A $20,000 reward is being offered for information that could help locate an Indigenous woman who disappeared from northern British Columbia three...

9/13/2016

article Police accused of verbal assault during training session on missing, murdered Indigenous women
(Ontario) -- Police officers in Thunder Bay, Ont., are being accused of verbally assaulting a facilitator who was delivering cross-cultural training on Indigenous issues...

9/8/2016

article Why clicking on this story about Indigenous people matters: Neil Macdonald
(Canada) -- Best of luck, truly, to the new commission on missing and murdered Indigenous women, as it begins its two-year journey into darkness.

9/6/2016

article Vancouver aboriginal men don high heels
(Vancouver) -- Curtis Ahenakew will walk in high heels this weekend to urge a stop to gender violence and sexual assault. Ahenakew is one of the organizers of Walk a...

9/2/2016

article 5 questions for MMIW inquiry about disputed 'no foul play' cases
(Canada) -- Canada's inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women began Thursday, but questions remain about whether commissioners will look into unresolved...
article Chief of MMIW inquiry says Inuit will not be sidelined as work begins
(Canada) -- The chief commissioner of the inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls promises that Inuit in Canada's North will not be sidelined or...

9/1/2016

article Canada’s National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Begins
(Canada) -- As the Canadian government officially begins its long-awaited national inquiry on September 1 into the country’s high rates of missing and murdered...
article For Val-d'Or Indigenous community, hope and frustration as MMIW inquiry begins
(Quebec) -- As the federal inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women begins its work, the parents of a woman who disappeared from Val-d'Or, Que., are...
article Head of missing, murdered indigenous women inquiry says ‘concrete’ recommendations needed
(Canada) -- Marion Buller said “concrete” recommendations are needed as she begins her new job of heading up the national inquiry into missing and murdered...

8/31/2016

article Families to speak out about policing in missing and murdered women inquiry
(Canada) -- The chief commissioner of the national inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women is assuring victims’ families that their...
article Marion Buller, head of MMIW inquiry, says 'don't expect to hear from us right away'
(Ottawa) -- The chief commissioner of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada says it could be a while before the panel will have much...
article Nine things to know about the national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women
(Canada) -- For decades, indigenous women in Canada have been disappearing and dying violently at alarming rates. An unprecedented RCMP report, released in 2014, found...

8/30/2016

article 'Vast country' makes MMIW inquiry timeline a challenge, says former head of Picton inquiry
(British Columbia) -- The commissioner of a B.C. inquiry into missing women says he's worried that the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women...
article Manitoba all in for inquiry into murdered, missing Indigenous women and girls
(Manitoba) -- The Manitoba government is affirming its participation in a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The province says in a...

8/29/2016

article MMIW inquiry: Indigenous activist raises concerns days before it begins
(Manitoba) -- A Winnipeg-based activist whose sister disappeared eight years ago says while she thinks many good things will come from an inquiry into Canada's...

8/26/2016

article Province, advocacy groups discussing MMIW inquiry at Regina conference
(Saskatchewan) -- Saskatchewan residents who want a say in the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women connected in Regina today. A symposium is...
article Symposium aims to define Sask. role in inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women
(Saskatchewan) -- A two-day symposium in Regina wants to define Saskatchewan’s role in the upcoming inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women. The...

8/20/2016

article Head of Québec chiefs says province must hold its own independent inquiry
(Quebec) -- On Wednesday, the province of Québec said it would not hold independent hearings into the relationship between police and First Nation communities leaving...

8/18/2016

article Video on murdered and missing women a way of dealing with ‘grief and pain’
(Canada) -- Mag Cywink knows the pain of losing a loved one to violence: her sister Sonya, 31, was brutally murdered in 1994 and her killer never caught. For Cywink, and...

8/17/2016

article Quebec hands over Val d'Or abuse investigation to federal MMIW inquiry
(Quebec) -- Quebec will not be launching its own investigation into allegations of violence against Indigenous women in Val-d'Or. Instead, the Couillard government...
article Quebec measures to help inquiry into missing and murdered Native women
(Quebec) -- To offer its full cooperation to Ottawa, which launched its inquiry on missing and murdered Aboriginal women at the beginning of the month, Quebec adopted a...
article Tina Fontaine's family marks 2nd anniversary of her body being found
(Manitoba) -- The family of Tina Fontaine, whose body was pulled from the Red River two years ago Wednesday, will honour her memory with a family feast in the teen's...

8/10/2016

article Head of missing, murdered indigenous women inquiry ‘able to walk in both worlds’
(Canada) -- The chief commissioner of the long-awaited national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls is being described as a rebellious insider...

8/9/2016

article MORON ALERT: Pokemon Go players show 'no respect' at MMIW monument, says missing woman's brother
(Manitoba) -- A monument honouring Manitoba's missing and murdered Indigenous women at The Forks is attracting Pokemon Go players for the wrong reasons, says the...

8/8/2016

article MMIW inquiry: what are your hopes and fears?
(Canada) -- It was a day many thought would never arrive. This week the government revealed the mandate for the inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and...

8/4/2016

article Accurate tally of deaths essential to national inquiry on missing, murdered Indigenous women, chief says
(Thunder Bay) -- The success of the national public inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women hinges on whether all of the families who have suffered tragic...
article How an 'unflinching gaze' on missing and murdered Indigenous women might move Canada forward
(Canada) -- The day was described as important and historic, but the occasion was put in the starkest terms by Patty Hajdu, minister for the status of women. "The...
article Inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women has global rights groups watching
(Ottawa) -- The number of missing or murdered indigenous women in Canada has not escaped the attention of members of the international human rights community, who will...
article Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women inquiry launches with hope and concern
(Canada) -- The national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has officially begun, launched the morning of August 3, 2016. While this brings the...
article Qajaq Robinson no substitute for Inuk on inquiry commission, says Inuit women's group
(Canada) -- The national Inuit women's group says it is not satisfied to have Qajaq Robinson represent Inuit as one of the five commissioners overseeing the inquiry...
article Women walk from Winnipeg to Regina to spread awareness about MMIW
(Saskatchewan) -- Three women who are walking from Winnipeg to Regina to raise awareness about missing and murdered indigenous people. Through their walk called the...

8/3/2016

article 'No room for mistakes' in missing, murdered women inquiry: B.C. families
(Vancouver) -- As a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women gets under way, relatives and advocates in British Columbia, where cases such as that of...
article Concerns linger as Ottawa launches missing, murdered indigenous women inquiry
(Ottawa) -- The federal government has officially launched a public inquiry into why so many indigenous girls and women in Canada meet violent ends, an examination that...
article Launch of MMIW inquiry 'surreal,' NDP MLA Nahanni Fontaine says
(Canada) -- Canada's inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls launched Wednesday morning, and for Manitoba NDP MLA Nahanni Fontaine, the kickoff...
article Marion Buller, B.C. First Nations judge, to lead MMIW inquiry
(Canada) -- B.C.'s first female First Nations judge will lead Canada's inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls, and Marion Buller followed...
article Saskatoon law professor Marilyn Poitras to serve on MMIW inquiry
(Canada) -- A University of Saskatchewan law professor is acting as a commissioner in Canada's inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls. Marilyn...
article 'I'm hoping this is not going to be too hard,' sister of murdered Indigenous woman says of national inquiry
(Thunder Bay) -- Sharon Johnson wants to see culturally-appropriate mental health support for families of missing and murdered Indigenous women as a key component of the...
article Alberta mother wants police to be held to account in MMIW inquiry
(Calgary) -- More than two decades after Rhonda Running Bird disappeared while on a hunting trip with her common-law husband south of Rocky Mountain House, Alta., her...
article Inquiry should shed light on issues facing Calgary’s aboriginal population
(Calgary) -- Calgary is going to have to take a hard look at itself to understand and potentially solve issues facing the city’s indigenous population, according...
article Wearing buffalo breastplate and four-direction drum, Caribou Legs runs through Winnipeg
(Manitoba) -- The Gwich'in runner known as 'Caribou Legs' had his face painted and legs pumping as he stopped in Winnipeg this week. Brad Firth is running...
article MMIW inquiry: Meet the 5 commissioners
(Canada) -- The federal government is handing over the reins of its long-awaited inquiry into Canada's missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls to five...

8/2/2016

article Judge, lawyers among commissioners expected to be named to missing, murdered inquiry
(Canada) -- The following are the commissioners expected to be named to the inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women:
article Missing, murdered indigenous women inquiry could target Indian Act
(Canada) -- Commissioners of the inquiry into the disproportionate number of indigenous women and girls who have been murdered or gone missing in Canada will be given...
article Families gather as Ottawa launches inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women
(Ottawa) -- Families of murdered and missing indigenous women and girls from across Canada have arrived in Ottawa to hear how the federal government will convene an...

7/29/2016

article Feds set to announce terms of missing, murdered indigenous women inquiry
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous leaders say the federal government is expected to announce the terms of an inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women on Wednesday. The...
article Missing, murdered Indigenous women inquiry launch coming next week
(Canada) -- Details of a long-awaited national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls are expected to be released Wednesday, sources tell CBC News...

7/27/2016

article MMIW: New unsolved cases added to CBC's database
(Canada) -- After launching an investigation last year, CBC News continues to follow up on unsolved cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls from across...

7/26/2016

article Protesters accuse Manitoba government of stalling MMIW inquiry
(Manitoba) -- About half a dozen tents were set up outside the Manitoba Legislative Building by protesters who say the province is keeping a national inquiry into...

7/24/2016

article You can't investigate MMIW without looking at police conduct, Steven Zhou writes
(Manitoba) -- A draft of the terms of reference for the upcoming inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women reveals that a through review of police conduct isn...

7/22/2016

article Indigenous women’s advocates in B.C. fear repeat of Pickton inquiry after details of national MMIW inquiry leaked
(British Columbia) -- A coalition of women’s groups is speaking out after the terms of reference were leaked for the upcoming national inquiry into missing and...
article MMIW inquiry should look at youth sentencing, says Kwanlin Dün chief
(Yukon) -- Kwanlin Dün First Nation chief Doris Bill says the upcoming national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women should take a close look at the Youth...

7/21/2016

article Families feel shut out after draft mandate of missing, murdered inquiry leaked
(Ottawa) -- Relatives of victims are upset that the national inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women is not poised to re-open cold cases or...
article Government not doing enough to share details of MMIW inquiry, family members say
(Ottawa) -- The federal government needs to do a better job of communicating details about a long-awaited inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, says Mag...
article Terms of reference of MMIW inquiry "lack teeth" says B.C. First Nations Chief
(British Columbia) -- An Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief says the draft terms of reference for the missing and murdered women's national inquiry, lack teeth...

7/20/2016

article Missing, murdered inquiry will lack power to compel police action
(Canada) -- The national inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women will not have the authority to make findings of police misconduct or compel...
article MMIW national inquiry to focus on violence prevention not police investigations
(Canada) -- The upcoming national inquiry into Canada's missing and murdered Indigenous women will focus on violence prevention, according to a draft document...
article Premiers broadly support leaked terms for MMIW inquiry, but not quite ready to sign on
(Ottawa) -- Canada's premiers are reacting cautiously, but supportively, to the federal government's proposed terms of reference for a federal inquiry into...

7/18/2016

article Drag the Red sets out on new boat to search fast-moving waters
(Manitoba) -- Behind weeds growing from the riverbank and in the heat of mid-July, Kyle Kematch unwinds rope from a four foot-wide bar to attach to Drag the Red's...

7/15/2016

article Manitoba seeks role in inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women
(Manitoba) -- The Manitoba government is urging Ottawa to include someone from the prairie province on the national commission of inquiry into Canada’s missing and...
article With no date set for MMIW inquiry, Manitoba mother regrets voting Liberal
(Manitoba) -- A Manitoba mother is questioning her decision to vote Liberal as one year of power for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approaches and still, there is no date...
article First Nations chiefs urge holdout provinces, Ottawa to stop 'dragging feet' on MMIW inquiry
(Ontario) -- First Nations chiefs expressed growing frustration with a delay in the federal government's launch of a national inquiry into missing and murdered...

7/14/2016

article First Nations chiefs urge holdout provinces, Ottawa to stop 'dragging feet' on MMIW inquiry
(Ontario) -- First Nations chiefs expressed growing frustration with a delay in the federal government's launch of a national inquiry into missing and murdered...

7/12/2016

article Provinces won't have to shoulder costs of MMIW inquiry, federal minister says
(Canada) -- The federal government is reassuring the provinces that when it comes to a national inquiry on murdered and missing indigenous women, they won't have to...

7/10/2016

article Manitoba Ojibwa activist Joan Jack rides Harley across Canada for Indigenous women
(Manitoba) -- A Manitoba Ojibway activist is hitting the road on her Harley to bring awareness to misogyny in the Indian Act and to inspire Indigenous women to be...

7/6/2016

article Northern Manitobans walk to Winnipeg to honour missing, murdered loved ones
(Manitoba) -- Family members of missing and murdered Indigenous people from northern Manitoba have walked more than 750 kilometres from Thompson to Winnipeg to remember...

7/5/2016

article Why thousands of indigenous women have gone missing in Canada
(Canada) -- Bridget Tolley simply wants justice for her mother. Her life changed on October 5, 2001, when her mother, Gladys, was struck by a police cruiser and killed...
article Feds pressed on child welfare funding ahead of MMIW inquiry announcement
(Ottawa) -- A leading advocate for the welfare of First Nations children and families says she'll have little faith in the upcoming inquiry on murdered and missing...

6/30/2016

article Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls resolution to be introduced in Congress
(Montana) -- U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Jon Tester (D-MT) and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) have introduced a resolution to designate May 5, 2017 as...

6/29/2016

article Indigenous leaders demand action on 'no foul play' MMIW cases
(Canada) -- Indigenous leaders and advocates say dozens of cases where police determined there was no evidence of foul play must be included in a federal inquiry into...

6/28/2016

article 'No foul play' found in deaths of dozens of Indigenous women, but questions remain
(Manitoba) -- In dozens of cases where police say there is no evidence of foul play, the families of missing and murdered Indigenous girls and women maintain their loved...
article Hypothermia or homicide? 2 Manitoba families question MMIW cases
(Manitoba) -- Olivia Gabriel believes in her heart that her sister Rocelyn didn't just freeze to death. Nicole Daniels' family feels the same way. Both believe...
article Provinces studying terms of reference for inquiry on missing, murdered Indigenous women
(Ottawa) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was the one who promised a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, but the provinces still need to sign...
article Unresolved: Case Closed or Murder?
(Canada) -- CBC News has looked into 34 cases across Canada which involve the death or disappearance of Indigenous women, but which authorities say were not due to foul...

6/25/2016

article Winnipeg blanket dance raises funds for families of MMIW
(Manitoba) -- Dozens of people grabbed onto sides of a giant blanket and marched through the streets of downtown Winnipeg Saturday afternoon to raise money for the...

6/24/2016

article Greyhound Canada may cut service to Highway of Tears
(Canada) -- Greyhound Canada says it may discontinue its regular bus service along British Columbia's infamous Highway 16 because of a new subsidized service offered...

6/23/2016

article Advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous women stops in Winnipeg
(Manitoba) -- Gladys Radek, a long-time activist who works to raise awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women, made a stop in Winnipeg on Wednesday.

6/18/2016

article Jennifer Catcheway's family holds barbecue to continue their search 8 years since disappearance
(Manitoba) -- Bernice Catcheway last heard her daughter's voice saying she was on her way home to Portage la Prairie, Man., for her 18th birthday celebrations in...
article Sister of murdered Quebec Mohawk woman still seeking answers 10 years later
(Quebec) -- Tiffany Morrison's bones were found in a wooded area on May 31, 2010, four years after she left her home near Montreal to meet some friends. Now, 10...

6/17/2016

article Caitlin Potts left sister chilling last message before she disappeared from B.C. Interior
(British Columbia) -- Caitlin Potts has been missing for almost four months and family members are starting to fear the worst. Pott's sister, Codi, says there are a...

6/15/2016

article Highway of Tears getting regular bus service
(British Columbia) -- A bus service will be available between Prince George and Prince Rupert by the end of the year on a notorious stretch of road known as the Highway...

6/7/2016

article Partial remains of Charnelle Masakeyash found in Mishkeegogamang First Nation
(Ontario) -- Ontario Provincial Police continue to search for the remains of Charnelle Masakeyash after a bone, which was found in Mishkeegogamang First Nation, was...
article First Nations leaders issue call to action during search for Caitlin Potts
(British Columbia) -- Another large-scale search is underway for 27-year-old north Okanagan resident Caitlin Potts, who hasn’t been heard from since Feb. 22....

6/3/2016

article Highway of Tears 'cleansing walk' begins in Prince Rupert
(British Columbia) -- Ten years ago, a group of families walked from Prince Rupert to Prince George to raise awareness about the Highway of Tears.

6/1/2016

article National Chief Perry Bellegarde to police forces: Don't wait for end of MMIW inquiry
(Manitoba) -- Police services must take action on missing and murdered Indigenous women before the conclusion of a federal inquiry, the national chief of the Assembly of...
article Police will get blamed during missing, murdered women inquiry: Bellegarde
(Manitoba) -- The National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations says police should brace themselves for some blame in the upcoming inquiry into missing and murdered...

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