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'It needs to stop': Rally draws attention to negative stereotypes of missing and murdered men

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 the event in front of the Manitoba Legislature to bring more attention to the issue. "Through the effects of residential schools, colonization, the over-representation of men that are missing and murdered.

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4/20/2018

article Four Efforts To Increase #MMIW Awareness Include A Film, Website, Law And Daily Tweet
(Washington D.C.) -- The efforts to increase awareness regarding the terrible tragedies of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, #MMIW and Missing and Murdered...

4/16/2018

article Lawmakers may study violence against Native American women
(Minnesota) -- Violence against Native American women is drawing the attention of Minnesota lawmakers, with a proposal to study its prevalence and recommend ways to...

4/12/2018

article Legislature proposes finding out why a staggering number of Native American women in Minnesota are murdered or go missing
(Minnesota) -- Mysti Babineau’s mother went missing when she was 2 years old. The police never found her. Babineau, a member of the Red Lake Nation in Minnesota,...

4/11/2018

article MMIWG inquiry urges family members, survivors to register for truth gathering process before deadline
(Canada) -- Family members and survivors who haven't had a chance to share their story with the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls...
article MORON ALERT: Racist FB meme targets Blood Tribe man's young daughter and MMIW
(Alberta) -- What started out as a hot-headed social media dispute between a man from the Blood Tribe and what may be described as an online troll on Facebook, soon took...

4/10/2018

article Column: Where do we go after the MMIWG hearings?
(Canada) -- It’s no secret that I love being Canadian. I appreciate the beauty of our country and the freedoms I enjoy. For the most part, I’m incredibly...
article Working for Missing/Murdered Indian Women
(Minnesota) -- On a tepid winter day this February, hundreds of people adorned in red attire flooded into the Minneapolis American Indian Center (MAIC) for the annual...
article Murdered? Or missing?
(North Canada) -- Henrietta Millek, a young Inuk student from Labrador who was in St. John's to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse, may have died while walking to...

4/9/2018

article Indigenous Former Foster Care Wards Advocate To Overhaul "Shameful" System At MMIWG Inquiry
(British Columbia) -- Fialka Osean Jack-Flesh remembers her 19th birthday in sharp, painful detail. Instead of gifts or a party, the teenager received a stark warning...

4/8/2018

article Final day of public hearings for missing, murdered Indigenous women and girls inquiry
(British Columbia) -- A long-time advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous women told her own story of abuse on the last scheduled day of public hearings for a...
article Woman who survived B.C. serial killer lifts up 'sisters' still on the streets
(British Columbia) -- CeeJai Julian remembers when she first got clean, standing up in 12-step meetings feeling guilty for being alive, when so many of the "sisters...
article 'I know that I'm keeping somebody safe,' says Ikwe Safe Rides driver
(Winnipeg) -- Catching a taxi isn't typically seen as a dangerous thing. But according to many Indigenous women in Winnipeg, they are often faced with unwanted...

4/6/2018

article Families Have Chance To Testify At Final Week of MMIW Canada National Inquiry
(British Columbia) -- Several families shared tragic accounts of missing and murdered indigenous women in testimony that began Wednesday in Richmond, British Columbia....

4/5/2018

article After supporting other families, 2 MMIWG staffers get their chance to speak
(British Columbia) -- For months Gertie Pierre and Melodie Casella have been travelling across Canada supporting the families testifying at the national inquiry into...
article Feelings mixed over extension request for MMIWG inquiry
(British Columbia) -- The last of the scheduled community hearings for the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls are underway in Richmond...

4/4/2018

article 'Lives depend on this': B.C. families of MMIWG ready to testify at national inquiry, but doubts remain
(British Columbia) -- Sitting in the living room of her mother's house in Alert Bay, B.C., Roxana Wilson says her anxiety is growing. The room has a yellow accent...
article Missing and murdered indigenous women a focus of annual Take Back the Night rally
(Montana) -- As happens every year, students, organizers and community members will gather at Montana State University to rally in support of survivors of sexual...

4/2/2018

article New Washington law aims to help find missing Native American women
(Washington) -- Carolyn Deford wasn’t too worried when she first got a call saying her mother didn’t show up to meet a friend. Her mother, Leona LeClair...

3/31/2018

article Walking With Marita Growing Thunder and the Young Revolutionaries Among Us
(Montana) -- Social justice activism is a calling. It can be a rewarding path, full of adrenaline highs, radical transformation and hard-earned achievements. It also can...

3/29/2018

article Police searching for missing teen
(Manitoba) -- The Winnipeg Police Service is searching for a missing 17-year-old girl. Tanessa Moneyas was last seen in Winnipeg’s Fort Richmond area on Tuesday,...

3/25/2018

article Walking the walk, UM freshman to walk 80-miles across reservation for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
(Montana) -- As the sun peeked over the Mission Mountains, revealing the snow-capped peaks and reflecting off the water of Flathead Lake, Marita Growing Thunder and a...

3/21/2018

article Niece drives 18 hours on winter road to share her aunt's story at MMIWG national inquiry
(Manitoba) -- For 18 hours, Bernice Thorassie thought of little other than her auntie, Ila Oman. Thorassie drove the nearly 400 kilometre winter road from her home...
article Took police years to declare Winnipeg woman missing, inquiry told
(Winnipeg) -- Janet Lowther can no longer recall her younger sister’s voice. “I can’t remember how she sounds,” Lowther said of the 22-year gap...
article University of Montana student raising awareness for indigenous women
(Montana) -- A University of Montana student is spending her spring break walking for those who can not. Marita Growing Thunder plans to walk from the northern end of...
article APB: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
(Oregon) -- A midday panel discussion about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women was in the Cascade Student Union on March 7.

3/20/2018

article Telling her truth close to home: National inquiry into MMIWG hears women's stories in northern Manitoba
(Manitoba) -- It's been six years since Minnie Anderson's youngest daughter was found dead in the snow in Leaf Rapids, Man. Just before 9 a.m. on Nov. 18, 2011,...
article UM student spending spring break raising awareness for indigenous women
(Montana) -- A University of Montana student is spending her spring break walking for those who cannot. Marita Growing Thunder plans to walk from the northern end of the...

3/19/2018

article National Inquiry into MMIWG focus of talk at FNUniv
(Saskatchewan) -- A national inquiry plagued with problems since its inception in 2016 will be the topic of conversation Tuesday night at a talk organized by the...

3/18/2018

article At MMIWG hearings, translating stories of loss and heartache takes its toll
(Montreal) -- There are times when, as much as she tries, Suzie Napayok can't help herself. Her voice quivers, a tear rolls down her cheek.After years of dealing in...
article Northern hearing coming for Indigenous women inquiry
(Manitoba) -- It will be the second hearing of its kind in Manitoba – the other was held in Winnipeg in October 2017. More than 80 individual testimonials were...
article Workshop addresses violence against Indigenous women
(Thunder Bay) -- Violence is far reaching, impacting family, friends, and members of the community. For Indigenous women, who are statistically three times more likely...

3/17/2018

article MMIWG inquiry grants standing to families' group following court action
(Quebec) -- A group of families of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls now has standing in the national inquiry, enabling them to participate in ways beyond...
article MMIWG inquiry hears how former First Nation chief faced sexism, bullying
(Quebec) -- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls publicly heard from a former First Nation chief for the first time Thursday, as she...
article Northern isolation leads to ‘tremendous’ trauma, confusion for MMIWG families
(Quebec) -- A communication disconnect between northern and southern services has left many Indigenous families struggling to find information about missing and murdered...
article OU American Indian sorority to hold open event raising awareness about murdered, missing indigenous women
(Oklahoma) -- OU’s American Indian sorority will host an event to educate the public about missing and murdered indigenous women. Gamma Delta Pi will host the...
article Washington state Senate petitions FBI on safety of Native women
(Washington) -- The demand to address the widespread and long-standing issue of missing Native American women is growing in Washington state.

3/16/2018

article New law compels state patrol to work with tribes to identify missing American Indian women
(Washington) -- Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday, March 15, signed into law House Bill 2951, to study increasing resources to locate missing American Indian women.

3/15/2018

article MMIWG inquiry grants standing to families' group following court action
(Quebec) -- A group of families of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls now has standing in the national inquiry, enabling them to participate in ways beyond...
article New Law Focuses On Missing, Murdered Native American Women
(Washington) -- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed into lawThursday a bill aimed at shedding light on the cases of missing or murdered Native American women.
article OU American Indian sorority to hold open event raising awareness about murdered, missing indigenous women
(Oklahoma) -- OU’s American Indian sorority will host an event to educate the public about missing and murdered indigenous women. Gamma Delta Pi will host the...
article VIDEO: Montreal hearings into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls
(Quebec) -- The focus of today's testimony is domestic violence.

3/14/2018

article MMIWG in Montreal: Gone, but not forgotten
(Montreal) -- Dozens of Indigenous community members are giving their testimony in Montreal this week, recounting stories of loved ones lost. The hearings are part of...
article MMIWG inquiry hears from Inuit community in Montreal
(Quebec) -- The national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women is underway in Montreal. The inquiry will hear from members of the Inuit community today....

3/13/2018

article Frustrations with Quebec justice system in spotlight at MMIWG inquiry
(Quebec) -- It took police nine days to find Rose-Ann Blackned's body under the snow, frozen in the fetal position, her hands covering her face. She was assaulted by...
article Indigenous speaker addresses MMIW at Cumberland
(Saskatchewan) -- Students at Cumberland College in Nipawin, Melfort and Tisdale heard firsthand the words of Myrna LaPlante, an aboriginal woman who lives in Saskatoon...
article On patrol with Winnipeg’s Bear Clan after Tina Fontaine’s alleged killer walked free
(Manitoba) -- A couple is standing on their porch smoking cigarettes when James Favel and his crew approach their house on a late-February evening in Winnipeg. The...

3/12/2018

article Frustrations with Quebec justice system laid bare at MMIWG inquiry
(Montreal) -- It took police nine days to find Rose-Ann Blackned's body under the snow, frozen in the fetal position, her hands covering her face. She was assaulted...
article Montreal hears first stories of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
(Montreal) -- With one hand on the Bible, or clutching a traditional eagle feather, they take a solemn oath: we’re here to tell the truth – the whole truth,...
article Stories of loss and healing as MMIWG inquiry begins in Montreal
(Quebec) -- Cheryl McDonald can still remember standing on a ferry on her way home to Akwesasne after learning that her sister had gone missing."I could just tell...

3/11/2018

article As MMIWG convenes in Montreal, families of missing women travel from far and wide to tell their stories
(Montreal) -- Early one morning later this week, Johnny Wylde will pack up his car and travel 600 kilometres to Montreal to tell the story of how his daughter went...

3/10/2018

article Nunavut MLAs acknowledge MMIWG testimony
(North Canada) -- Members of Nunavut’s Legislative Assembly this week acknowledged the families who gave testimony at the National Inquiry into Missing and...

3/9/2018

article Mothers, daughters, survivors give harrowing testimony at MMIWG hearings in Labrador
(Labrador) -- Rutie Lampe of Nain says the justice system was too slow to respond when her 20-year-old daughter Kimberly Jararuse was killed by her boyfriend in 2010....

3/8/2018

article 'I feel a lot lighter': MMIWG inquiry heads into 2nd day in Labrador after emotional start
(Labrador) -- Gordon and Silpa Obed walked out of the first day of the inquiry with a traumatic weight lifted off their shoulders. Standing outside Hotel North Two...
article MMIWG inquiry hears calls for more women’s shelters, better services for victims’ families
(Labrador) -- An Inuk elder says police did nothing to help her daughter’s call for help on the day she died in a murder-suicide 25 years ago. On Labrador’s...
article MMIWG inquiry hears stories of violence, families torn apart in Labrador
(Labrador) -- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls heard from families and survivors of violence during testimony in Happy Valley-...
article Education key to ending violence against women in northern communities: shelter manager
(Northwest Territories) -- March 8 may mark International Women’s Day, but for those working to help women escape violence, it’s an everyday reality.
article Families take MMIWG inquiry to Federal Court seeking right to be heard
(Ontario) -- A group of 20 families has gone to court against the national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls over its refusal to consider...
article OP/ED: Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Need Your Attention This International Women’s Day
(Indian Country) -- In this op-ed, activist Christine Nobiss, Plains Cree/Salteaux, explains how the fight for environmental sovereignty is directly linked with the...

3/7/2018

article Canadian Institutions Are Deadly Racist
(Manitoba) -- Canada has a benign reputation as a land of cold weather, politeness, and small-town blandness. While most people waxing poetic on colonial settler...
article Why are Canada’s First Nations women dying at such an alarming rate?
(Canada) -- In Canada, Status First Nations persons—those listed in the country’s Indian Register—are significantly more likely than the average...

3/6/2018

article Canada inquiry into slain, missing aboriginal women seeks extension
(Ottawa) -- A national inquiry into the high rate of killings and disappearances of indigenous women and girls in Canada asked the government on Tuesday for more time to...
article MMIWG inquiry asks federal government for 2-year extension
(North Canada) -- The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is asking the Canadian government for more time to complete its work. On...

3/3/2018

article Native Legislators in Minnesota Call For Task Force to Stop Violence Against Indigenous Women
(Minnesota) -- Today in St. Paul, Minnesota, two of four Minnesota Native American legislators, Rep. Kunesh-Podein, a descendant of the Standing Rock Lakota Tribe and...
article Families across northern Ontario still waiting to testify before MMIWG inquiry
(Ontario) -- More than 80 families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in northern and northwestern Ontario have still not testified before the national...
article MKO chief offers conditional support of MMIWG inquiry chief commissioner
(Manitoba) -- There appears to be a compromise between MKO and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Girls that could change who’s in charge.
article Real pain of missing Indigenous women flows in River of Silence at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival
(British Columbia) -- Writing the movie River of Silence, local filmmaker and screenwriter Petie Chalifoux knew she wanted to capture a real Indigenous family’s...

3/2/2018

article FBI joins search for missing Montana woman
(Montana) -- The FBI announced this week it has agreed to investigate the disappearance of 21-year-old Ashley Loring Heavyrunner who vanished from Montana’s...

2/28/2018

article Dillingham-raised artist’s work draws attention to missing and murdered Alaska Native women
(Alaska) -- Alaska Native artist Amber Webb hand stitched an oversized kuspuk from white, cotton sheets she bought at a thrift store. In permanent marker, she drew the...

2/26/2018

article MMIWG inquiry collecting statements in Lower Post, B.C., this week
(North Canada) -- The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls will be in Lower Post, B.C., this week to collect testimony. But the...
article Tina Fontaine rally draws hundreds in Calgary, demands for change
(Calgary) -- Several hundred people came out Sunday in Calgary to demand change, just days after a jury found a man not guilty in the death of Indigenous teen Tina...

2/25/2018

article Indigenous advocates urge legislators to fine police who fail to investigate missing persons
(Edmonton) -- Indigenous advocates are urging the government to penalize police if they fail to take missing person reports seriously. “The police won’t take...
article FBI seeks info on N. Minnesota woman missing for nearly a month
(Minnesota) -- A northern Minnesota woman has been missing for nearly a month, and federal authorities are involved in trying to find her.

2/24/2018

article 'Stop hunting us, stop killing us': hundreds at Vancouver rally demand justice for Tina Fontaine
(Vancouver) -- It was a familiar scene just two weeks apart. On Feb. 10, hundreds gathered for a rally at the CBC Plaza in downtown Vancouver to protest the not-guilty...
article Not Guilty Verdict in Murder of 15-Year-Old Girl Emblematizes Systemic Injustice for Indigenous Women and Girls
(Winnipeg) -- In 2014, 15-year-old Tina Fontaine’s 72-pound body was pulled from Winnipeg’s Red River, wrapped in a blanket belonging to Raymond Cormier, 56...
article Victoria marchers join rallies sparked by acquittal in death of Indigenous teen
(Canada) -- Rallies in Canadian cities that were sparked by the acquittal of a man accused of murdering an Indigenous teen in Winnipeg continued Saturday, including one...
article Widespread changes demanded to prevent 'another 100 Tina Fontaines'
(Manitoba) -- The death of Tina Fontaine and the acquittal of the man charged with killing her has sparked demands for widespread changes to prevent more young...
article Inquiry into violence against Indigenous women wraps up hearings in Canadian Arctic
(North Canada) -- A Canadian inquiry into violence against Indigenous women wrapped up its hearings in Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut this week. Over...
article Bead project aims to ‘rehumanize’ tragic statistic
(New Mexico) -- Raymond Cormier, a suspect in the high-profile slaying of a 15-year-old indigenous Canadian girl, was acquitted by a jury Thursday.
article Stories of trauma, resilience and hope told over 3 days of MMIWG hearings in Rankin Inlet
(North Canada) -- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls spent three days in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, this week, hearing the stories of...

2/23/2018

article Indigenous men urged to speak up about abuse at MMIWG hearing
(North Canada) -- One of Janet Brewster's recommendations to the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls came to fruition on Thursday — at...

2/21/2018

article Childhood abuse led Inuk throat singer to crack addiction, death, MMIWG inquiry hears
(Nunavut) -- Jessica Michaels would be 34 years old on March 23. She was Nikki Komaksiutiksak's throat singing partner and cousin, but more like a sister. When they...
article Day 2: MMIWG national inquiry hearings continue in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut
(Nunavut) -- Wednesday is the second day of hearings at the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. It is the...

2/20/2018

article 20 family members and survivors expected to testify at MMIWG inquiry in Nunavut
(North Canada) -- Nunavummiut are gathering in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, this week for the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. This hearing is the...

2/18/2018

article Moose Hide Campaign reaches milestone with 1 million pins
(British Columbia) -- A procession of drummers, including elders and First Nations, walked with British Columbia Premier John Horgan and members of the legislative...
article Walk for missing and murdered to be held in Ponemah
(Minnesota) -- A Red Lake women's shelter is sponsoring a walk for missing and murdered indigenous people this week. The walk is set for Wednesday, Feb. 21, and...

2/17/2018

article Daines Promotes Day for Missing Native American Women and Girls
(Washington D.C.) -- This week, Montana Senator Steve Daines led a coalition of his colleagues to allow tribes’ access to national criminal databases during a meeting of...

2/16/2018

article Epidemic of Native American Women Who Go Missing or Are Murdered
(Washington D.C.) -- Announcing his bipartisan amendment to promote tribes’ access to national criminal databases just passed the Senate Committee on Indian...
article Red dresses mark the 11th Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Sault Ste. Marie.
(North Canada) -- The 11th Annual Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls took place on February 14. The Memorial March originated 27 years...
article Relatives of P.E.I. woman tell inquiry in Moncton that indigenous lives matter
(New Brunswick) -- The family of an Aboriginal woman from Prince Edward Island who died a suspicious death says they want people to know her life mattered. “My mom...

2/15/2018

article 'My mom matters': Woman seeks answers to 1977 suspicious death through MMIWG inquiry
(New Brunswick) -- Barbara Bernard, 57, was just 16 years old when her mother, Mary Francis Paul, went missing from Scotchfort, P.E.I. Days later, Paul's body was...
article Strawberry ceremony for MMIWG held on Valentine's Day outside Toronto police headquarters
(Toronto) -- A large crowd gathered at Toronto Police headquarters on Valentine's Day to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls across the country....

2/13/2018

article 'Another kind of pain': Survivors, family members share grief at MMIWG hearings in N.B.
(New Brunswick) -- The mother of an Indigenous girl who was murdered in northern New Brunswick in 2009 is calling for tougher laws in Canada. "If you murder someone...

2/8/2018

article Native American women go missing at shocking rates; these women want to change that
(Indian Country) -- By the time Puyallup tribal member Carolyn DeFord told police her mom was missing, she'd already spent days making sure it wasn't just a...
article State House approves McCabe bill to help identify missing Native American women
(Washington) -- A bill that would help identify missing Native American women has unanimously passed the state House. House Bill 2951 would require the Washington State...

2/7/2018

article Washington State Legislature Takes Account of Missing and Murdered Native Women
(Washington) -- Despite the Violence Against Women Act and the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010, there is currently no system in place to collect comprehensive data on...

2/6/2018

article 11-year-old Teresa Robinson's killer sentenced to four more years behind bars
(North Canada) -- A Garden Hill First Nation 17-year-old who killed 11-year-old Teresa Robinson in 2015 received a sentence of six years in custody minus time served,...
article BIA takes lead in case of missing North Dakota woman
(North Dakota) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs in North Dakota has taken the lead in the investigation into the disappearance of Olivia Lone Bear. Lone Bear has been...

1/31/2018

article Sacred run raises awareness of missing and murdered Native women
(Nebraska) -- Six runners from the Winnebago Tribe jogged across gravel, asphalt, snow and ice along eastern Nebraska this week to raise awareness for the plight of...

1/30/2018

article 'Savanna's Law" could help find missing children in Indian Country
(Indian Country) -- On Aug. 19, 2017, 22-year old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind was reported missing by her family. She was last seen in the early afternoon in her...

1/28/2018

article MMIWG hearings shed light on lack of mental health services in Canada's north
(Northwest Territories) -- Three commissioners at the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls spent three days last week in Yellowknife...

1/27/2018

article Abused as a child, became abusive husband: Man testifies at MMIWG Yellowknife, then supports others
(North Canada) -- James Jenka is sorry. On Wednesday afternoon, he opened up about abuse in his family and in residential school during his testimony to the national...
article What happened to Stella Cardinal?
(Northwest Territories) -- On Thursday Freda Cardinal testified in Yellowknife before the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls on the...

1/25/2018

article 'This has been the hardest job of my life,' says MMIWG inquiry commissioner
(Ottawa) -- Perpetual staff turnover, problematic communications, and concerns over aftercare has plagued the national inquiry looking into missing and murdered...

1/24/2018

article 'This has been the hardest job of my life,' says MMIWG inquiry commissioner
(British Columbia) -- Perpetual staff turnover, problematic communications, and concerns over aftercare has plagued the national inquiry looking into missing and...
article Day 2: MMIWG national inquiry hearings continue in Yellowknife
(Northwest Territories) -- Wednesday marks the second day of national inquiry hearings into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Yellowknife. Families from...

1/23/2018

article 'My mother didn't die for nothing,' says Inuvik woman ahead of Yellowknife MMIWG inquiry
(Northwest Territories) -- It wasn't talked about. There was pain, the family grieved, life moved on. Lesa Semmler left her eight-year-old self behind. She comes...
article Angela Meyer's family remembers 'a very loving girl' at MMIWG Yellowknife hearings
(Northwest Territories) -- Kathy Meyer still refers to her daughter in the present tense. Angela Meyer was last seen on Nov. 27, 2010 in Yellowknife. Eight years later,...
article Nearly 4 years on, a grieving mother prepares to tell her story again
(Edmonton) -- When Louisa Lafferty walks into a hearing room in Yellowknife this week to speak about the horrific murder of her 23-year-old daughter Charlotte, the only...

1/22/2018

article At Women’s Marches, a spotlight on missing and murdered Indigenous women
(Arizona) -- In a sea of pink “pussyhats” worn at Women’s March events nationwide, it was the color red that stood out most for Native Americans and...
article Lighting of the sacred qulliq marks opening of MMIWG inquiry in Yellowknife
(Northwest Territories) -- Families from across the N.W.T. will gather in Yellowknife this week to give testimony to the national inquiry into missing and murdered...

1/19/2018

article Chief commissioner explains delay in asking feds for extension on MMIWG inquiry
(Ottawa) -- For months it’s been well-known that the MMIWG inquiry was going to ask Ottawa for a two-year extension. Chief Commissioner Marion Buller appeared on...
article MMIWG inquiry a 'mess' from the start, says Cree/Métis advocate
(Ontario) -- Now that the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has lost its second executive director, calls to scrap the process are...
article Ottawa long way from restarting or scrapping missing, murdered women inquiry: PM
(Ottawa) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is a long way from "starting over or scrapping" the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous...
press release Indigenous Women Leaders to be featured at the Women’s March on Olympia – Highlighting MMIW and the NoLNG253 Movements
(Washington) -- On January 20th, 2018, Indigenous women leaders and the Squaxin Island and Nisqually Tribal Canoe Families will be featured at the 2018 Women’s...

1/17/2018

article MMIWG inquiry a 'mess' from the start, says Cree/Métis advocate
(Canada) -- Now that the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has lost its second executive director, calls to scrap the process are...

1/12/2018

article Northern families hope latest MMIWG inquiry departure doesn't affect upcoming hearings
(Canada) -- Northern families expressed a mixture of frustration and hope following the news the executive director of the national inquiry into murdered and missing...
article Still more problems for aboriginal inquiry
(Canada) -- The non-stop controversy continues in the national inquiry in missing and murdered indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) as yet another executive leaves. It is...

1/11/2018

article Executive director of MMIWG inquiry has left her position, email says
(Canada) -- The executive director of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has left her post, according to a member of the National...

1/10/2018

article First Nation wants Mi'kmaw woman's human rights complaint 'disposed of,' a year after her death
(Nova Scotia) -- The family of a Mi'kmaw woman who died during the long wait for her human rights case over accessible housing to be heard says it's "...

1/4/2018

article MMIWG Inquiry misses Christmas deadline but says it still wants an extension
(Canada) -- With its self-imposed Christmas deadline come and gone, the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls says it is still working on...
article Have you seen these girls? Teens missing from Greenbank
(Australia) -- Police are appealing for help locate two 14-year-old girls reported missing from their Eland St residence at Greenbank. The girls (pictured) were last...

12/29/2017

article Still time to testify in MMIWG inquiry, supports available, says Nunatsiavut government
(Newfoundland) -- Commissioners of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls have a difficult line to walk: they want to hear from as...

12/26/2017

article Will Savanna's Act Protect Native American Women?
(North Dakota) -- The murder of a Native American woman in North Dakota has inspired lawmakers in Congress to introduce a bill aimed at protecting Native women. The bill...

12/20/2017

article New MMIWG hearing dates set for Yellowknife and Rankin Inlet
(Northwest Territories) -- New dates have been announced for community hearings in Yellowknife and Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, as part of the national inquiry into missing...
article Still no way to tell how many Indigenous women and girls go missing in Canada each year
(Quebec) -- Even after the launch of a $53.8-million national inquiry and an increased focus on the issue, there is still no way to tell how many Indigenous women and...

12/15/2017

article Red dresses, photos used to highlight MMIWG at Sault College
(Nova Scotia) -- Students at Sault College may have noticed a number of bright red footprints on the floor Friday. The cut-out footprints mark a trail toward an...

12/13/2017

article National inquiry into MMIWG comes to Inuvik after push from Inuit
(Canada) -- The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is in Inuvik this week in response to pressure from some members of the community....

12/9/2017

article Call for more action to stop violence against women and girls in Newfoundland and Labrador
(Canada) -- One in two women above the age of 15 years old will experience some form of violence in their lives. Indigenous women are five times more likely to be killed...
article Brayden Bushby murder charge in death of Barbara Kentner back in court in early 2018
(Ontario) -- The case of a teen accused of killing an Indigenous woman by throwing a trailer hitch at her from a moving car in Thunder Bay, Ont., will be back in court...
article Who killed Cindy Blazek? 31 years later, her family is still trying to find out
(Saskatchewan) -- More than three decades after Cindy Blazek was brutally murdered in her Onion Lake First Nation, Sask., residence, her family still doesn't have a...

12/8/2017

article North Vancouver to get totem pole recognizing violence against women
(British Columbia) -- An eight metre-tall totem pole will soon stand in North Vancouver, recognizing countless missing and murdered Indigenous women. On Wednesday,...

12/7/2017

article AFN chiefs back resolution calling on MMIWG chief commissioner to resign
(Ottawa) -- First Nations chiefs have backed a resolution calling on Marion Buller, the chief commissioner of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls inquiry...
article Maine police investigate claim long-missing Mi'kmaw mother was murdered
(Nova Scotia) -- Maine State Police say they are investigating claims made by the nephew of a Mi'kmaw woman who vanished in the state more than 20 years ago that he...
article Teen pleads guilty to 1st-degree murder in death of girl, 11, on Manitoba First Nation
(Manitoba) -- A Manitoba teen has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the 2015 killing of 11-year-old Teresa Robinson. The girl's remains were discovered May 11...
article MMIWG inquiry, Ottawa at odds over state of document processing system
(Ottawa) -- More than a year into its mandate, the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls says it does not yet have a centralized system...
article Extend and Expand the Role of the MMIWG National Inquiry
(Ontario) -- The National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls has been working hard. Commissioners have been hearing the truth from families of...

12/6/2017

article Sen. Heitkamp Embraces ‘Not Invisible’ Hashtag for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
(Washington D.C.) -- On Wednesday, November 29th, Senator Heidi Heitkamp (ND-D) led an effort on social media to raise awareness about the crisis of missing and murdered...
article National Indigenous inquiry deemed “Underway with challenges”
(Ottawa) -- An online federal government commitment tracker appears to confirm that a national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is months...
article Woman cancels public MMIWG testimony in Thunder Bay over fears for her safety
(Ontario) -- A woman says she cancelled her public testimony at this week's national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) in Thunder...

12/4/2017

article 'A lot of mixed emotions': MMIWG inquiry to begin hearings in Thunder Bay
(Thunder Bay) -- The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is set to begin three days of hearings in Thunder Bay, Ont., and one longtime...
article 3 sisters, 3 violent deaths: Family tells their stories at Thunder Bay MMIWG hearing
(Thunder Bay) -- Their names were Edith Quagon, Kathleen McGinnis and Sarah Mason. They were sisters and they died violently. The family of the three women testified...
article Mom shares pain of losing her daughter at Thunder Bay missing, murdered inquiry hearing
(Thunder Bay) -- A grieving mother, clutching a feather gifted to her by an elder, wiped back tears on Monday as she recounted the torment of losing her daughter...

12/2/2017

article MMIWG commissioners to ask Ottawa for more time, as Quebec hearings wrap
(Montreal) -- Chief Commissioner Marion Buller says the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) will ask the federal government for...
article TIMELINE: A timeline of staff departures from the MMIWG inquiry
(Canada) -- A detailed list of people who have parted ways with the inquiry since it began in September 2016

12/1/2017

article OP/ED: Pocahontas Is Not a Name That Should Offend You
(Indian Country) -- The name of Pocahontas is not a slur, though that’s what news outlets and Sen. Elizabeth Warren have repeatedly said following President Trump’s...

11/30/2017

article Inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women stop in Thunder Bay
(Ontario) -- Details have now been announced regarding the national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, which will make a stop in Thunder Bay...

11/29/2017

article 'He broke the values we had': Innu women at Quebec MMIWG hearing recount priest's alleged abuse
(Montreal) -- More women from Innu communities on Quebec's Lower North Shore are coming forward with stories of being sexually abused by a Catholic priest who worked...
article Indigenous women allege priest abused them, and likely others
(Montreal) -- Two women from Innu communities on Quebec's Lower North Shore say they were abused by a missionary more than 40 years ago, and that there are likely...
article Rankin Inlet MMIWG hearing to stay in community, moved to a hotel
(Canada) -- The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls hearings in Rankin Inlet that was postponed will be rerouted to a hotel in the...

11/28/2017

article 2nd day of MMIWG hearings in Quebec hear of woman missing since 1957
(Quebec) -- Anne-Marie Jourdain's family has been searching for her since she disappeared in 1957. Her brother, Edmund Jourdain, was the first person to speak...

11/27/2017

article MMIWG to hold hearings in Montreal, meeting demand of families
(Montreal) -- The inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has confirmed it will hold hearings in Montreal — an announcement many families had...
article Quebec MMIWG inquiry community hearings begin today
(Quebec) -- The Quebec portion of the public hearings of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) begins this morning. Hearings...
article Sudbury to host conference honouring MMIWG
(Sudbury) -- Sudbury is taking the time to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) this week, with a conference from the N'Swakamok Native...

11/25/2017

article 'People have felt humiliated': Woman who testified at MMIWG hearing hopes inquiry learns lessons from Saskatoon
(Saskatchewan) -- One of the women who testified before the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Saskatoon this week said she hopes...
article Column: Racism needs to be a focus of the MMIWG inquiry, writes Doug Cuthand
(Saskatchewan) -- This week the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls rolled into Saskatoon. This commission of inquiry has been fraught...

11/23/2017

article Sister of murdered Inuk woman 'turns pain into positive action' with opera project
(Nova Scotia) -- It has been three weeks since Inuk artist Delilah Saunders and her family testified at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women...

11/22/2017

article 'It's a relief to tell these stories': Grief, anger at MMIWG inquiry in Saskatoon
(Saskatoon) -- Grief, anger and a flood of other emotions are likely to continue pouring out of the families testifying Wednesday at the National Inquiry into Missing...
article 'She was planning my birthday': Mother of slain Indigenous woman to speak at MMIWG inquiry
(Saskatchewan) -- It has been four years since Maxine Goforth received news from the Regina Police Service that the body of her daughter, Kelly, was found. Kelly Goforth...
article Sask. woman pleased her brother's story heard by national MMIWG inquiry
(Saskatchewan) -- The families gathered this week in Saskatoon at the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls all have stories of loss and pain....

11/21/2017

article Another lawyer quits MMIWG inquiry as resignations, firings mount
(Canada) -- Another lawyer for the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls has resigned. Iqaluit lawyer Joseph Murdoch-Flowers sent a short...
article Indigenous families in Saskatchewan begin testifying as MMIWG hearings starts
(Saskatchewan) -- In what promises to be an emotional three days in Saskatoon, testimony at the federal inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is...
article Family of slain Indigenous woman say they're angry over sex-trade worker label
(Saskatchewan) -- Family members of a slain Indigenous woman say they're angry that she's been labelled a sex-trade worker rather than a mother, a daughter and a...
article Survivors unite to provide MMIWG inquiry aftercare
(Saskatoon) -- After families complained about a lack of aftercare at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, a group of community...

11/20/2017

article MMIWG inquiry staff's top priority is to protect commissioners from criticism: leaked email
(Canada) -- Shortly after she was hired, the executive director for the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG), sent an email to...
article 'It's a long time coming:' Families of MMIWG in Sask. prepare for hearings
(Saskatchewan) -- Delores Stevenson believes there's more to her niece's story — a story that's kept the 33-year-old searching for justice for the past...

11/18/2017

article Families testifying at MMIWG inquiry say aftercare support is lacking
(Winnipeg) -- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has come under fire from many directions, but some of the harshest criticism is...
article MMIWG inquiry lacked family aftercare plan, HR staff, says fired health manager
(Canada) -- Over a year into its mandate, the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls has still not developed an aftercare protocol for...
article MMIWG inquiry picks international public relations firm for communications contract
(Canada) -- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has hired a public relations company to help with "strategic communications....

11/13/2017

article Woman recounts 'horrific' gunpoint kidnapping at MMIWG Inquiry in Edmonton
(Alberta) -- Forced to lie on the ground with her hands tied and a gun pushed into her back, Virginia Littlewolfe-Hunter thought she was about to die.

11/10/2017

article North Dakota Sen. Heitkamp on 'Savanna's Act'
(Minnesota) -- MPR News host Tom Weber talked with North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp about her legislation to address the problem of missing and murdered Native American...

11/9/2017

article Documentary on missing and murdered indigenous women may inspire full-length film
(Montana) -- A 22-minute documentary on missing and murdered indigenous women could be the start of a larger, feature length project attempting to remember the lives of...

11/8/2017

article Sister of missing woman frustrated she can't testify at MMIWG inquiry because of missed registration
(Alberta) -- Eva Potts of Alexis First Nation, Alta. is upset that she missed the opportunity to participate in the Edmonton Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and...

11/7/2017

article 'Just pray and ask for strength': Alberta man to tell MMIWG hearings about murdered sister
(Alberta) -- Paul Tuccaro and his wife, Judy Cardinal travelled hundreds of kilometres from their home in Fort Chipewyan, Alta., on Monday to tell their story at the...
article Opposition MPs want Privy Council officials to testify on MMIWG inquiry delays
(Ottawa) -- Opposition MPs want officials from the Privy Council Office to appear before the Commons Indigenous affairs committee to answer questions on whether they are...

11/6/2017

article 'High hopes' for MMIWG national inquiry in Edmonton
(Edmonton) -- Every day for the past 18 years, Stephanie Harpe has carried an unrelenting anguish from the death of her mother. Ruby Anne McDonald was found dead in an...
article New app aims to help families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls
(Manitoba) -- An innovative new app has been developed to provide support and resources for families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The Taken...

11/3/2017

article Traci Genereaux's Remains Found On Salmon Arm, B.C. Farm
(British Columbia) -- RCMP have identified the remains of a young woman that were found on a farm in British Columbia where a large-scale search has been underway for...

11/1/2017

article Missing and murdered inquiry wants a new task force to review cold cases
(Canada) -- Amid tight timelines and delays, commissioners with the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls inquiry are recommending the creation of a national...
article Too many stories, too little time: Why the MMIWG inquiry wants police to delve into cold cases
(Canada) -- After numerous delays and high-profile resignations, the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is blaming bureaucratic red tape for...
article Families want MMIWG inquiry extension
(Canada) -- On the day the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls released an interim report calling for the creation of a special police...

10/31/2017

article Residential school 'trickle down' factor in murder of Mi'kmaq activist, MMIWG inquiry hears
(Nova Scotia) -- Natalie Gloade recalled the way the snow fell after receiving a phone call in the early morning hours of Dec. 27, 2007, that her mother — renowned...

10/30/2017

article In Loretta Saunders murder, family says police at first thought she was white, MMIWG inquiry hears
(Nova Scotia) -- The family of Loretta Saunders, a 26-year-old Inuk university student who was murdered in 2014, believe her light skin influenced the level of attention...
article Missing, murdered Indigenous women inquiry hears 'white-passing' appearance changes police response
(Nova Scotia) -- Family members of a murdered Inuk woman said Monday that merely appearing to be white often heightens police and public interest in a crime or missing...

10/29/2017

article New opera about MMIWG tells a story 'that we're all responsible to,' says co-creator
(Vancouver) -- One of the creators of a new opera premiering in Vancouver next week hopes it will make the stories of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls...
article After 24 years, sister of missing Mi'kmaq woman says sharing stories helps the healing
(Nova Scotia) -- After two decades, Aggie Gould is still sharing her sister's missing-person flyer. Most recently, she gave a copy to a victim of domestic abuse...
article Membertou First Nation gears up for MMIWG Inquiry
(Nova Scotia) -- Out of her purse, Agnes Gould pulls out some sheets of paper – on the front is the agenda for the upcoming hearings for the National Inquiry into...
article Missing, murdered Indigenous women inquiry heads to Nova Scotia
(Nova Scotia) -- A Mi'kmaq activist said she felt the presence of missing and murdered Indigenous women as families gathered in Nova Scotia for this week's...

10/28/2017

article Inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women coming to Membertou
(Nova Scotia) -- For 24 years, Agnes Gould has carried the missing person’s poster of her sister, Virginia Sue Pictou, with hopes of finding her. This hope is what...

10/27/2017

article National inquiry urged to hear voices of Indigenous women in prison
(Ottawa) -- A former sex worker who spent time in jail is urging the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls to interview other Aboriginal...

10/25/2017

article 'This is why she is still missing': Sister reflects on Indigenous woman's disappearance from northern Ontario
(Ontario) -- Vanessa Brousseau scans the background of TV news reports hoping to catch a glimpse of her sister. Instead of looking for blueberries in the bush, she said...

10/24/2017

article 'Somebody's going to get closure': Missing woman's dad waits for news from B.C. search
(British Columbia) -- From the other side of the country, John Simpson is watching the search of a rural north Okanagan property with trepidation. Simpson's daughter...

10/22/2017

article 'If you don't want the job, leave': Families of MMIWG ask inquiry to take more time
(Ontario) -- Families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in northeastern Ontario are calling for changes to the national inquiry. Hearings are taking...

10/20/2017

article 100s of Faceless Dolls representing missing, murdered women disappear from Native Women's Association
(Canada) -- Hundreds of faceless dolls created as a part of a project to commemorate murdered and missing Indigenous women have vanished from the offices of the Native...
article Bags full of tears: how the MMIWG inquiry is honouring, healing trauma
(Manitoba) -- Beside nearly every box of tissues is a brown paper bag labelled "tears." The national inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls...
article MMIWG inquiry hearings in Winnipeg LIVE
(Manitoba) -- Final day of the Manitoba sessions of hearings examining Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
article Police said daughter was probably out drinking, mother of missing woman tells MMIWG inquiry
(Manitoba) -- Feeling abandoned by police, the family of a Manitoba Indigenous woman who disappeared in 2008 has been digging through fields, ditches and garbage dumps...
article Yellowknife hearings for MMIWG national inquiry postponed
(North Canada) -- The hearings in Yellowknife for the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) will now be in January 2018,...
article 'People don't disappear in the air': Police, family search for missing Indigenous woman
(British Columbia) -- Langley RCMP has put out a renewed call to the public to help locate a missing 20-year-old woman whose family is concerned she may be taken...

10/18/2017

article 'They're cutting our time short,' Catcheways' MMIWG testimony delayed, cut back
(Manitoba) -- The parents of Jennifer Catcheway insist they will not be silenced. Bernice and Wilfred Catcheway's testimony in Winnipeg was postponed Monday night,...
article ‘This is not what I walked across Canada for’ tensions rise at national inquiry
(Manitoba) -- Tension about how the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls is spending its $54-million budget boiled over in Winnipeg...

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