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Family members ‘don’t believe in inquiry’ after MMIW meetings postponed

Colleen Cardinal was set to fly out to Edmonton from Ottawa this week for regional advisory meetings by the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

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8/23/2017

article First report on MMIWG inquiry almost complete says chief commissioner
(Canada) -- It’s been nearly a year since the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls launched and commissioners say they are...

8/22/2017

article Families still full of doubts one year after MMIW inquiry
(Canada) -- This past season, The Current hosted a series of moving public forums across the country examining the tragedy of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and...

8/16/2017

article MMIWG inquiry calls for more Inuit testimony during Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, logistics visit
(Canada) -- As the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls makes its logistics stop in Rankin Inlet before the public hearings in the...

8/15/2017

article Missing and murdered inquiry to hold N.S. outreach sessions amid troubles
(Nova Scotia) -- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will be in Nova Scotia this week to meet with victims and families who wish to...
article Western Shoshone agreement with Barrick mining benefits both parties
(Nevada) -- Hostilities have long persisted between Nevada's mining companies and the state's Native American population. That was particularly true in the Elko...

8/13/2017

article Quilt honours memories of missing and murdered Indigenous women
(Ontario) -- Beading, painting, and healing characterize the creation of a quilt being made to honour the memories of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

8/8/2017

article Inquiry’s remaining commissioners must resign, Indigenous families say
(Ottawa) -- A coalition composed mainly of relatives of missing and murdered Indigenous women is demanding the replacement of all remaining commissioners and a reset of...
article Missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls inquiry loses community relations director
(Ottawa) -- The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has lost another high-profile member of its entourage. Waneek Horn-Miller, a former...
article MMIWG team in Sask. to meet with families until Thursday
(Saskatchewan) -- Teams for the upcoming National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will be in two Saskatchewan cities this week to meet with...

7/31/2017

article Sister of missing N.W.T. woman applauds MMIWG inquiry's decision to review police conduct
(Northwest Territories) -- An N.W.T. woman whose sister mysteriously disappeared in the 1970s is applauding an announcement that the national inquiry into Missing and...

7/30/2017

article Canada's First Nations already feel failed by inquiry into missing and murdered women
(Ontario) -- More than a dozen people gathered behind the podium, some clutching framed photos of loved ones. For years they had called for justice and demanded change,...
article Carolyn Bennett 'agrees with' MMIWG inquiry reset request
(Saskatchewan) -- Canada's Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett says she agrees with calls from the Assembly of First Nation to tweak the...
article Surprise greets National Inquiry’s hearings in Manitoba
(Manitoba) -- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is in Manitoba this week. A team of people is conducting a community visit.

7/29/2017

article MMIWG inquiry now reviewing conduct of police officers
(Manitoba) -- Police conduct will now be reviewed as part of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. After the inquiry was pressured...

7/27/2017

article AFN chiefs pass a resolution calling for changes to national MMIW inquiry
(Saskatchewan) -- Assembly of First Nations chiefs have rejected a call for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to replace the commissioners on the national inquiry into...
article Chiefs set to debate call for MMIWG commissioners to step down
(Manitoba) -- Several Manitoba chiefs are among those calling for resignations at the beleaguered National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls...
article First Nations leaders reject call for MMIWG commissioners to step down
(Manitoba) -- First Nations leaders have voted against a proposal put forward by Manitoba chiefs calling for resignations at the beleaguered National Inquiry into...

7/26/2017

article Families say missing, murdered Indigenous women inquiry has already failed
(Saskatchewan) -- The families of missing and murdered Indigenous women say a national inquiry has already failed and are calling for “a hard reset” on the...
article Sagkeeng families air mixed feelings about MMIWG inquiry after community visit
(Manitoba) -- Officials with the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls may have more work to do convincing families of Sagkeeng First...

7/24/2017

article MMIWG inquiry visits Winnipeg, Sagkeeng to hear from families of missing and murdered
(Manitoba) -- A team of health workers, lawyers and community relations officials are in Winnipeg and Sagkeeng First Nation this week to hear more from families of...

7/20/2017

article Thunder Bay's MMIWG community hearing delayed 3 months
(Thunder Bay) -- The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has delayed the date it is scheduled to stop in Thunder Bay, Ont., by three...

7/18/2017

article Mother of murdered Labrador woman remains optimistic of national inquiry, despite setbacks
(Canada) -- A member of the family advisory circle for the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is hopeful the inquiry will continue and...

7/17/2017

article MMIWG commission counsel Christa Big Canoe responds to inquiry criticism
(Ontario) -- Amidst the high-level departures and controversies surrounding the MMIWG inquiry, critics have pointed to a lack of community outreach and poor public...

7/16/2017

article Marilyn Poitras on why she resigned as MMIWG commissioner and her hopes for change
(Saskatchewan) -- When Marilyn Poitras, a Métis professor at the University of Saskatchewan, became a commissioner for the national inquiry into missing and murdered...
article Is the MMIWG Inquiry doomed?
(Canada) -- Marilyn Poitras's resignation as a commissioner of the MMIWG Inquiry is just the latest in a series of high-profile departures and controversies that has...
article Manitoba families call for National Inquiry reset that includes the resignation of remaining commissioners
(Manitoba) -- A coalition of families and survivors of missing and murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Manitoba is calling on the remaining commissioners at the...
article Minister of Indigenous Affairs says work of inquiry will continue despite commissioner’s resignation
(Canada) -- Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says the current Inquiry has the tools and the people in place to fulfill the mandate of the embattled National...

7/13/2017

article Discord inside MMIWG both predictable and fixable, inquiry veteran Sinclair says
(Manitoba) -- Of all the people watching the desperate struggles faced by the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, few can empathize...
article OP/ED: Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women: Don’t Hang a Red Dress For Me
(New York) -- I’ve seen red dresses hung on trees, on campuses and elsewhere to honor murdered and missing indigenous women. The aesthetic response is artistically...

7/12/2017

article 'There's a lot of disrespect': Families want all MMIWG inquiry commissioners to resign
(Canada) -- Families say they are losing faith in Canada's inquiry looking into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, following the resignation of one of...
article 'What is going on?': Family members want to know what's happening to MMIWG inquiry
(Canada) -- Following the sudden resignation of Marilyn Poitras as commissioner of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) on...

7/11/2017

article MMIWG inquiry to forge ahead despite resignation of key commissioner
(Canada) -- The long-awaited and problem-plagued inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women and girls will forge ahead as planned in the wake of the sudden...
article Indigenous affairs minister says to not lose hope in murdered and missing women inquiry after Poitras quits
(Canada) -- While the national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls continues to lose high-level staff and appears in disarray, Canada’s...
article Indigenous women’s group pulls support from missing and murdered inquiry as commissioner resigns
(Canada) -- The success of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women is at risk with the sudden resignation of one of the five commissioners and the...
article MMIWG inquiry needs 'reset' and 'restructuring' after resignation of Sask. commissioner: FSIN vice-chief
(Canada) -- A Saskatchewan Indigenous leader says Marilyn Poitras's decision to resign from the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls...

7/8/2017

article Inquiry Commissioner talks about state of National MMIWG Inquiry
(Canada) -- The lead commissioner of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women says she is excited to take the inquiry on the road to meet families...
article MMIWG Inquiry finally releases dates for hearings
(Canada) -- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Girls has released its summer and fall schedule for community visits and public hearings.

7/6/2017

article National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls announces fall hearings
(Ontario) -- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls announced plans to conduct hearings across the country later this fall.
article PALMATER: Inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls needs a reset
(Ontario) -- There is a darkness that lives in Canadian society – sexual predators who are able to commit horrible crimes against Indigenous girls with relative...

7/4/2017

article 'It needs a restart': Manitoba chief calls on MMIW inquiry head to resign
(Manitoba) -- A Manitoba chief is calling for the chief commissioner of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls to resign. Manitoba...
article Missing and murdered inquiry commissioner tries to quell concerns over staff resignations
(Montreal) -- The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is trying to reassure stakeholders that there is no reason to worry about the...

7/3/2017

article Indigenous group says families need reassurance as inquiry director resigns
(Ottawa) -- An Aboriginal group is calling on organizers of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls to be more transparent about how...

7/2/2017

article Missing and murdered inquiry's executive director resigns
(Yukon) -- The executive director of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has resigned. A statement from the inquiry quotes Michele...

7/1/2017

article Alberta Court of Appeal ruling on Gladue murder case a victory for women's, Indigenous groups
(Alberta) -- The reversal of a controversial 2015 acquittal of an Ontario man charged with killing an Indigenous woman in Edmonton is being hailed as a precedent-setting...

6/29/2017

article Indigenous women call reporter ‘white lady,’ demand she leave press conference
(Ottawa) -- A press conference with family members of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls devolved into shouts of “white lady,” “white man...

6/27/2017

article Grandmothers call for monument to honour Sagkeeng First Nation's MMIWG
(Manitoba) -- Several grandmothers in Sagkeeng First Nation would like to see a permanent monument in their community to remember loved ones who went missing or were...

6/26/2017

article Stolen sisters / 5 untold stories of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls
(Canada) -- Waves lap on the shore of the Winnipeg River, which flows through the centre of the community. Red dresses tied to trees sway in the wind outside a handful...
article Indian City Song Addresses Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women
(Canada) -- One of the most important justice, cultural and human rights issues in Canada right now revolves around cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and...

6/23/2017

article Frustration after Edmonton meetings cancelled by inquiry into missing, murdered indigenous women and girls
(Alberta) -- Advocates say they’re frustrated the national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls hasn’t released more information...

6/19/2017

article 'It needs to stop': Rally draws attention to negative stereotypes of missing and murdered men
(Manitoba) -- A vigil was held in Winnipeg today to remember a some of the missing and murdered who are often forgotten or shut out: men. Laura Lafrance helped organize...
article 'A long time coming': Highway of Tears gets 2 new bus routes
(British Columbia) -- More than a decade after First Nations along northern B.C.'s so-called Highway of Tears began pleading for reliable public transportation, two...

6/16/2017

article 4th staffer leaves MMIWG inquiry commission amid calls for reform
(Canada) -- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls lost its fourth staffer this week, CBC News has learned.

6/15/2017

article Stolen mothers
(Ontario) -- Freda Ballantyne had barely started the search for her birth mother before it came to an abrupt end. “I’m sorry. Your mom was murdered,”...

6/14/2017

article Tanya Kappo resigns from MMIWG national inquiry staff
(Thunder Bay) -- The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has lost a high-profile staff member. Tanya Kappo, one of the early organizers...

6/12/2017

article 'A sense of hope': Edmonton march honours missing, murdered Indigenous people
(Edmonton) -- Melanie Dene remembers walking down an Edmonton street when a car pulled up and the man inside asked: "How much?" Dene, who was 16 at the time,...

6/11/2017

article 'Trying to keep that momentum going': Missing and murdered indigenous women walk marks tenth anniversary
(Alberta) -- The signs covered the front steps of Edmonton City Hall, left there for safekeeping while the loved ones of the women in the pictures prayed and listened to...
article 'A sense of hope': Edmonton march honours MMIW
(Alberta) -- Melanie Dene remembers walking down an Edmonton street when a car pulled up and the man inside asked: "How much?" Dene, who was 16 at the time,...

6/5/2017

article Window art displays across Montreal highlight issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women
(Montreal) -- Throughout the summer, artists will display new work in window fronts across the city of Montreal. It is part of the annual Les fenêtres qui parlent summer...

6/3/2017

article Common theme at MMIW public hearings – residential schools and violence linked
(Alberta) -- Throughout the three days of hearings at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, one common threat was the violence...
article Survivors of crime honoured by Native Women's Association of the NWT
(Northwest Territories) -- When Kathy Meyer puts on her makeup each morning, she always thinks of her missing daughter Angela. "I do get the feeling of anticipation...
article ‘I thought I was going to die there’ Darryl Kakekayash talks about the night he was attacked
(Ontario) -- Hundreds of people attended a prayer walk in Thunder Bay that was organized by the community of North Caribou Lake. That’s the community where Tammy...

6/1/2017

article First sessions of the #MMIWG public hearings wrap in Whitehorse
(Yukon) -- Three days of hearings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is wrapping up Thursday in Whitehorse.
article Missing and murdered inquiry wraps emotional 1st hearings in Whitehorse
(Yukon) -- The inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls wrapped up its long-awaited first public hearings in Whitehorse on Thursday.

5/31/2017

article 'Sorrowful but essential': 1st families speak at MMIWG hearings in Whitehorse
(North Canada) -- The long-awaited first public hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls got underway in Whitehorse Monday...
article As more families share, themes, patterns emerging in 1st MMIWG public hearings
(North Canada) -- As the long-awaited National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls goes into its second day of public hearings in Whitehorse,...
article Include Indigenous women living on the streets in MMIWG inquiry, says front-line worker
(Edmonton) -- After the first public hearing for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, set to wrap up Thursday in Whitehorse, a...

5/30/2017

article Families speaking publicly at MMIWG hearings in Whitehorse
(Canada) -- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is holding its first public hearings in Whitehorse today, beginning a process of...
article Messages of hope adorn quilts for MMIWG inquiry in Whitehorse
(North Canada) -- A tent set up behind the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre in Whitehorse has been decorated with 19 quilts bearing messages of support for the families of...
article Mother of missing Indigenous teen carries on as inquiry begins family hearings
(Quebec) -- Mom Laurie Odjick spent Tuesday busy with her daughter Madison while more than 5,400 km away, the national inquiry on murdered and missing Indigenous women...

5/29/2017

article First public hearings for MMIW Inquiry to begin in Whitehorse
(Canada) -- The highly anticipated first public hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will soon get underway in...

5/27/2017

article #MMIW Chair talks about direction of National Inquiry prior to hearings beginning in Whitehorse
(Ontario) -- On Friday, the chief commissioner for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls said that communications between the inquiry...

5/26/2017

article Dissecting a dark Indigenous past
(Canada) -- Her worth and identity have always been under the microscope, but now Canada's first Indigenous forensic pathologist is facing even more pressure from...
article Indigenous leaders unite for return of Beothuk remains, inclusion in MMIWG inquiry
(Newfoundland) -- Leaders representing all Indigenous groups in Newfoundland and Labrador have signed a letter requesting the return of the remains of two Beothuk people...

5/25/2017

article Families of missing, murdered women urge critics to get behind national inquiry
(Canada) -- Bernie Williams says she and other indigenous women have already been to hell and back — and now is not the time to give up on a national public...
article Jody Wilson-Raybould's father calls missing and murdered inquiry a 'bloody farce'
(Canada) -- Bill Wilson, a hereditary chief and the father of federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, says the national inquiry into missing and murdered...
article Manitoba makes Oct. 4 official day to honour MMIWG
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba politicians have voted: Oct. 4 will now be recognized in the province as the official day to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and...

5/23/2017

article 'Fundamental shift' needed at MMIW commission, advocate says
(Ontario) -- The continued delays experienced by families wanting to participate in the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has created...
article Frustrated families vow to 'blockade' missing and murdered inquiry hearings
(Canada) -- Some family members of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls are vowing to blockade meetings of the national inquiry to protest what they call a...

5/22/2017

article Police watchdog to review disappearance, death of two Indigenous youth
(Ontario) -- A police watchdog will include the recent cases of two teens in its systemic review of how the Thunder Bay Police Service investigates the deaths and...
article Probe of Thunder Bay police now includes Keeash, Begg cases
(Ontario) -- A provincial investigation of the Thunder Bay Police Service has been expanded to include the death of Tammy Keeash and the search for Josiah Begg. Both...
article Ending violence against Indigenous women and girls is our priority: Ontario Minister
(Canada) -- Aboriginal peoples of Canada south of the Arctic and known as the First Nations. They include Inuit and the Métis,the latter being an ethnicity that...

5/21/2017

article MMIWG inquiry gets failing grades in NWAC’s latest report card
(Quebec) -- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls continues to bear the brunt of criticism from across the country. Today the...

5/20/2017

article MMIWG chief commissioner still has 'hope' despite rocky start
(Canada) -- The chief commissioner of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls says the criticism the inquiry has received over its progress so...
article OP/ED: Commission on missing, murdered Indigenous women has become a fortress of bureaucratic incompetence
(Canada) -- To get an idea of why the federal commission on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has acquired such a reputation for uselessness, try getting...
article Province announces support for families of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Alberta
(Alberta) -- Relatives of missing and murdered indigenous women in Alberta are getting more support from government. On Friday, Alberta's Minister of Indigenous...

5/19/2017

article MMIWG chief commissioner still has 'hope' despite rocky start
(Canada) -- The chief commissioner of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls says the criticism the inquiry has received over its progress so...
article MMIWG Commissioner Marion Buller responds to criticism
(British Columbia) -- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has been under fire, almost since its inception.
article Nunavut woman says MMIWG inquiry like going through court again
(Nunavut) -- A Nunavut woman who has lost one family member to murder and has another missing says that the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls...

5/17/2017

article Concerns raised about liaison hiring for missing and murdered inquiry
(Nova Scotia) -- The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls says an Atlantic Canadian liaison should soon be in place, after concerns were...
article MMIW inquiry failing families, says Native Women's Association
(Canada) -- Since the national inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women officially launched last September, criticisms have been mounting. Many family members of...
article Pauktuutit gets funding to be part of national inquiry into MMIWG
(Canada) -- Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada will officially participate in the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The organization...

5/16/2017

article 'Hurry up and wait' inquiry process hurting families of missing, murdered Indigenous women
(Thunder Bay) -- When Karen Kejick registered to participate in the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, she heard back from a lawyer,...
article Native Women's Association gives missing and murdered inquiry failing grades for efforts so far
(Canada) -- The federal government's inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls has been given a series of failing grades by a national Indigenous...

5/15/2017

article Families disagree with MMIWG inquiry commission's reason to postpone hearings
(Canada) -- Twenty-three families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls say they didn't advise commissioners of a long-awaited national inquiry to...
article Families unsure whether to take part in missing Indigenous women inquiry
(Manitoba) -- Some families of missing and murdered Indigenous women remain uncertain if they should take part in a national inquiry aimed at examining the violence in...
article Supporters walk for MMIW on Mother's Day in Regina
(Saskatchewan) -- About 50 people in Regina spent part of Sunday remembering those missing and murdered Indigenous women who cannot celebrate Mother's Day with their...

5/14/2017

article Manitoba moves toward designating Oct. 4 to honour MMIWG
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba may soon have a day designated to honour the province's missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

5/10/2017

article Saskatoon MLA apologizes for gaffe in tribute to murdered Indigenous woman who inspired statue
(Saskatoon) -- A Saskatoon MLA apologized on Wednesday to the families of two homicide victims after misidentifying the woman who inspired a statue to honour murdered...
article Saskatoon MLA bungles tribute to murdered Indigenous woman who inspired statue
(Saskatoon) -- A Saskatoon MLA says he will correct the record in the Legislature after incorrectly identifying the woman who inspired a statue to honour murdered and...
article Inquiry into missing and murdered will not talk to most families until the fall
(Ottawa) -- The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, which was supposed to start hearing from family members of victims this spring, is putting...
article Manitoba healing centre to help families of missing, murdered Indigenous women
(Manitoba) -- Families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls will be among those benefiting from a new facility in Manitoba that melds First Nations and...

5/7/2017

article Remembering Hanna: National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Native Women
(Montana) -- Hanna Harris was killed on July 4, 2013, and since then, her family has been working to raise awareness of the issue of missing and murdered Native American...

5/6/2017

article Statue honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women unveiled in Saskatoon
(Saskatchewan) -- A work of art honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women was unveiled Friday morning outside Saskatoon's police headquarters. Cree artist...

5/4/2017

article National #MMIWG Inquiry has spent 10% of budget as of March
(Canada) -- The National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls has spent almost $5.2 million as of March 23, 2017 according to an Inquiry...

5/3/2017

article This Cree dancer organized a red dress jingle dance to remember missing and murdered indigenous women
(New Mexico) -- Every year, Gathering of Nations Powwow brings together thousands of Native American and First Nations singers, dancers, and drummers from all over the U...

5/1/2017

article Whitedeer calling for action to locate all missing aboriginal persons
(Saskatchewan) -- Running on the bridge where her brother was last seen, Colleen Whitedeer broke down and vowed she’d do more to raise awareness about missing...
article Observance to honor slain and missing Native females
(Montana) -- U.S. Sen. Steve Daines will be in Lame Deer on Friday to mark the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. Daines...

4/25/2017

article Greg Alvin Dawson's death a homicide, but RCMP see 'no obvious connection' to 2 other deaths
(North Canada) -- Whitehorse RCMP offered few new details at a Tuesday news conference about their investigation into three recent deaths in the city, but did confirm...

4/24/2017

article 'We have a real bond': Everyone in Whitehorse affected by recent deaths, mayor says
(North Canada) -- The mayor of Whitehorse says three sudden deaths in the city this month have affected every person in the community. RCMP identified Wendy Margaret...
article MMIW advocate a victim in Whitehorse homicide investigation, family, friends say
(North Canada) -- A Whitehorse advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous women, whose own daughter was murdered in 2007, is now herself a homicide victim, friends and...
article Manitoba families of missing, murdered say hearings must start soon
(Manitoba) -- A coalition that represents Manitoba family members says national hearings into missing and murdered indigenous women must begin soon despite the...

4/23/2017

article MMIW advocate a victim in Whitehorse homicide investigation, family, friends say
(Yukon) -- A Whitehorse advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous women, whose own daughter was murdered in 2007, is now herself a homicide victim, friends and family...
article Ottawa falls behind on inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women
(Ottawa) -- In a discouraging move, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women abruptly cancelled meetings in Edmonton last week. In a statement the...

4/22/2017

article Inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women postponed
(Ontario) -- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women was supposed to begin three days of regional meetings in Thunder Bay, starting Tuesday.
article 'She was my baby': Murdered Regina woman remembered on her birthday
(Saskatchewan) -- In a better world, Kelly Goforth's mother Maxine would have been celebrating her daughter's 25th birthday with cake and presents on Friday....

4/20/2017

article Calls sounding for boycott and reset for MMIWG inquiry
(Canada) -- Criticisms of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls continues to pile up. Especially in the wake of last week’s...
article Family members ‘don’t believe in inquiry’ after MMIW meetings postponed
(Alberta) -- Colleen Cardinal was set to fly out to Edmonton from Ottawa this week for regional advisory meetings by the national inquiry into missing and murdered...

4/17/2017

article First Nations family pushes for inquest on anniversary of teen's mysterious death
(Thunder Bay) -- One year is too long to wait to launch an inquest into the death of a child, says the lawyer representing the family of Azraya Ackabee-Kokopenace, whose...

4/15/2017

article Families have high expectations, minister says
(Yukon) -- Commissioners of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) were in Whitehorse this week. They met with more than 50...

4/12/2017

article Ottawa teen runs for missing, murdered Indigenous women
(Ottawa) -- For the third year in a row, an Ottawa boy is embarking on a 130-kilometre run to raise awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women and their children...

4/11/2017

article March across reservation to build awareness of missing and murdered indigenous women
(Montana) -- Marita GrowingThunder has spent the year raising awareness about missing and murdered Native American women with her hands. This weekend, she added her feet...

4/10/2017

article MAILHOT: Missing and Murdered Women: The Fight to Exist Amid a Modern Horror
(British Columbia) -- Joey English’s body was hidden for a day under Joshua Jordan Weise’s bed before he dismembered her and threw the body parts in several...
article Missing and murdered indigenous women: 22 cases added to CBC database
(Canada) -- CBC News now has 301 unsolved cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in its national database after 15 new names were added today.
article Christine Wood was killed but body still missing, Winnipeg police say
(Manitoba) -- The parents of missing Winnipeg woman Christine Wood say they are heartbroken after learning investigators now believe she is dead, but have yet to locate...

4/9/2017

article Winnipeg police investigating Christine Wood's disappearance as homicide
(Manitoba) -- Winnipeg police are now treating a months-long investigation of a missing woman as a homicide. Police say they've arrested and charged a 30-year-old...

4/4/2017

article David Alexander Robertson and IsKwé stand up for missing and murdered Indigenious women
(Canada) -- Winnipeg artists David Alexander Robertson and IsKwé addresses a First Nations epidemic through the character of May, an Indigenous teenager who discovers...

4/3/2017

article Missing and murdered women's inquiry not reaching out to families, say advocates
(British Columbia) -- A coalition of Aboriginal women's advocacy groups is expressing concerns about the national missing and murdered women's inquiry, saying...
article MMIW Inquiry extends deadline for those with vested interest in participating
(Canada) -- The national inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women is giving those with vested interest a little more time to get their applications in.

4/2/2017

article RCMP searching Colliery Dam, Nanaimo in relation to missing Makayla Chang
(British Columbia) -- Nanaimo RCMP and search and rescue crews are currently performing a search in the area around Colliery Dam, Nanaimo in relation to the...

3/31/2017

article Manitoba families meet with missing, murdered Indigenous women inquiry staff
(Manitoba) -- Families of Indigenous women who are missing or have been murdered sat in a circle Thursday morning at Winnipeg's Victoria Inn to find out how they can...

3/29/2017

article Sagkeeng's missing and murdered Indigenous women honoured with ceremony
(Canada) -- Sacred pipes were raised on the Sagkeeng First Nation Wednesday morning to connect with the spirits of the community's missing and murdered Indigenous...

3/28/2017

article Families question value of missing, murdered women inquiry
(Ottawa) -- Just months before commissioners begin hearing testimony as part of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, some Ottawa-Gatineau-...
article National MMIW inquiry's first hearings will be in Whitehorse
(North Canada) -- The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women will holds its first hearings later this spring, beginning in Whitehorse. The hearings...

3/25/2017

article National inquiry seeks 'best practices' for a database of missing, murdered Indigenous women
(Ontario) -- The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls wants to clear up confusion around the lists it is compiling after it faced...

3/23/2017

article Manitoba woman left confused by #MMIW inquiry process
(Manitoba) -- A Manitoba woman who has seven murdered and two missing family members, says she has been left in the dark about the National Inquiry into Missing and...

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...

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