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Sen. Heitkamp Embraces ‘Not Invisible’ Hashtag for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

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 Native American women during National Native American Heritage Month.

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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...

10/16/2017

article Manitoba family split on testifying at MMIWG inquiry
(Manitoba) -- They lived just a few houses apart. Jennifer Catcheway and Rocelyn Gabriel were cousins and grew up in Portage la Prairie, Man.
article Wood smoke and songs kick off MMIWG Inquiry in Winnipeg
(Manitoba) -- Elders blessed the sacred fire and put down their bundles to open the week of hearings for families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in...

10/15/2017

article Crimes against women in Manitoba to take centre stage at MMIWG National Inquiry
(Manitoba) -- Children for sale, women gone missing, and bodies dumped in rivers – these are some of the crimes commissioners probing an epidemic of violence...

10/10/2017

article Support growing for reset to national MMIWG inquiry, say groups
(Saskatoon) -- Support for a reset to the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is growing, according to grassroots groups. More than 180...

10/9/2017

article Two new resignations within the inquiry on aboriginal women
(Canada) -- The announcement signed by Marion Buller, commissioner-in-chief, occurred on the day following the entry into office of its new director general. Two other...

10/8/2017

article MKO chief 'cautiously optimistic' new hire can put MMIWG inquiry back on track
(Manitoba) -- Sheila North Wilson says the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls made a smart decision in hiring Debbie Reid as its...
article MMIWG national inquiry names Manitoba woman as executive director
(Manitoba) -- The troubled inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has named a new executive director. Chief commissioner Marion Buller announced...
article MMIWG inquiry losing 2 more staffers
(Manitoba) -- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is losing two more staffers. Susan Vella, the commission's lead lawyer, has...
article New resignations in the team of inquiry on missing aboriginal women
(Manitoba) -- The problems continue to accumulate for the national Survey on women and girls missing and murdered aboriginal (ENFFADA), where two other people have...

10/5/2017

article Sen. Heitkamp introduces bill to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered Native women
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) is seeking to bring justice to missing and murdered Native women with a new bill named in honor of a citizen of...
article Violence against Indigenous women and girls must stop, says Saskatoon vigil organizer
(Saskatchewan) -- Myrna LaPlante is encouraged by the growing number of people who are aware of the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, but she...
article 'I never, ever want anyone else to go through this': MMIWG remembered with red dresses
(British Columbia) -- Christie Charles wants to see an end to violence against Indigenous women. Charles says she and her friends were subjected to it themselves when...
article A look at what needs to change: The National Inquiry into MMIWG and Thunder Bay
(British Columbia) -- There’s plenty to talk about when it comes to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
article Awareness, education key for P.E.I. Indigenous community honouring missing, murdered women
(Prince Edward Island) -- Organizers of the Sisters in Spirit Vigil in Charlottetown say the event serves as a powerful reminder of an ongoing problem in their...
article Calgary holds MMIW vigil, loved ones lost remembered
(Alberta) -- Hundreds took part in a vigil in Calgary Wednesday. They were there to give voice to the murdered and missing but also to send a message that they need more...
article Candlelight vigils honour region's missing, murdered Indigenous women and girls
(Nova Scotia) -- Women, children and two-spirited people from over a dozen Maritime First Nations were honoured Wednesday evening at a candlelight vigil at Halifax's...
article Families commemorate first official MMIWG day in Manitoba
(Manitoba) -- About 200 people gathered at the Manitoba legislature Wednesday as the province marked the inaugural day to honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women...
article MMIW vigil held in the shadow of the Peace Tower
(Ottawa) -- There were vigils for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls across Canada Wednesday. In Ottawa, in the shadow of the Peace Towers, families and...
article Nation to Nation: MMIW inquiry, and what is a government to government relationship?
(Ottawa) -- Nation to Nation host Todd Lamirande talks to Laurie Odjick, one of the speakers at Wednesday’s Sisters in Spirit vigil on Parliament Hill.
article Pam Palmater: The National Inquiry into MMIWG and where it went wrong
(Canada) -- She has become a familiar face, often called on to comment on Indigenous issues and with that notoriety also comes criticism but Pam Palmater has become...
article Survivor shares her story at vigil for missing and murdered Indigenous women
(Ontario) -- Theresa Sims credits her stubbornness for helping her stay alive and succeed after she was strangled and raped when she was just 13.

10/4/2017

article Department of Justice announces Indian Country initiatives after facing criticism
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration announced another round of Indian Country initiatives after facing criticism on Capitol Hill about its commitments to the...
article MMIWG Inquiry looking to hire public relations team to navigate communications
(Canada) -- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls appears to be doing something to shore up its sagging communications.

10/3/2017

article North Dakota's senators propose legislation to address ‘epidemic’ of missing and murdered Native women
(North Dakota) -- Confronted with demands by American Indian tribes across North Dakota to do more to address what has been called an “epidemic” of missing...

10/1/2017

article ND's US senators propose legislation to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered Native women
(North Dakota) -- Confronted with demands by American Indian tribes across North Dakota to do more to address what has been called an "epidemic" of missing and...

9/29/2017

article 'We're going to watch you': Here's what families say needs to happen as MMIWG inquiry wraps B.C. hearings
(British Columbia) -- "We're going to watch you." That message was delivered to the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls...

9/28/2017

article MMIW Inquiry Hears From Daughter Who Lost Mother At 6 Months Old
(British Columbia) -- Mary Jane Hill wasn't there to witness the birth of her grandchildren or to see them graduate from high school. She won't be there when her...

9/27/2017

article Sister of homicide victim Alberta Williams reunited with RCMP investigator ahead of MMIWG testimony
(British Columbia) -- Claudia Williams arrived in Smithers, B.C., Tuesday night, on the eve of her public testimony before the national inquiry into missing and murdered...

9/26/2017

article First B.C. hearing for problem-plagued Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Inquiry
(British Columbia) -- Murder victim Destiny Rae Tom’s mother rose dramatically, tears streaming down her face, as she told the missing women inquiry how she dealt...
article Skepticism and hope as national MMIWG hearings come to B.C.'s Highway of Tears
(British Columbia) -- Gladys Radek has spent a lot of time walking since her niece Tamara Chipman disappeared 12 years ago. She's marched across the country to speak...

9/25/2017

article 'We know our women are out there': Tamara's Walk on B.C.'s Highway of Tears demands answers
(British Columbia) -- Gladys Radek has barely slept in three days. She's also walked over 100 kilometres. But speaking through a fuzzy cellphone connection from a...

9/22/2017

article United Tribes urge state congressional delegation to address 'epidemic' of murdered and missing native women
(North Dakota) -- Inspired by the killing of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, leaders of the United Tribes of North Dakota this week sent a letter to members of the state...

9/21/2017

article Trudeau tells UN Canada has failed indigenous people
(New York) -- Declaring that Canada is "no land of wonders", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the United Nations that his country was working to address...

9/16/2017

article STOLEN SISTERS: Native Americans to pay tribute, create awareness about murdered and missing women
(Oklahoma) -- In 2011, U.S. Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli delivered the horrifying statistic that Native American women are murdered at more than 10 times...

9/14/2017

article Family searching for missing Navajo woman
(Arizona) -- The mother of 26-year-old Katczinzki Ariel Begay, also known as "Kat", is pleading with the public to call authorities if they think they may have...

9/12/2017

article Probe of Indigenous deaths should extend beyond Thunder Bay, leaders say
(Thunder Bay) -- All of the northern Ontario cases of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls should be considered for re-examination by the outside provincial...

9/9/2017

article Innu mother takes advantage of MMIW inquiry tour in eastern Quebec
(Quebec) -- At first, Innu mother, grandmother and residential school survivor Lise Jourdain hesitated before sharing her story with the National Inquiry into Missing...

9/7/2017

article Woman’s Murder Brings New Urgency to Issue for Native Communities
(Wisconsin) -- The recovery of Greywind’s body from the Red River was an especially painful, synchronous reminder of the symbol the river has represented for...

9/4/2017

article 'Time is crucial': MMIWG asks for 2-year extension
(Canada) -- The commissioners in charge of the problem-plagued national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls are asking the federal government...
article Missing, murdered Indigenous women inquiry to ask for more time
(Canada) -- The commissioners at the helm of an inquiry examining why a disproportionate number of Indigenous women are killed or go missing in Canada will soon ask the...

9/2/2017

article Nuu-chah-nulth to hold gathering for families of missing, murdered women and girls
(British Columbia) -- The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council will host a gathering for families members of murdered and missing women and girls later this month in Port...

8/30/2017

article Greyhound Canada applies to stop serving northern B.C., including 'Highway of Tears'
(Canada) -- Greyhound Canada has filed an application to end all its bus runs in northern British Columbia, including on the so-called Highway of Tears, as well as...

8/29/2017

article MMIWG inquiry begins 3 days of community visits in Yellowknife
(Northwest Territories) -- The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) will touch down in Yellowknife on Tuesday, when community...

8/25/2017

article Missing, murdered Indigenous women hearings moving ahead despite call for reboot
(Manitoba) -- A national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women is moving forward despite calls from some groups for resignations and a restart. Chief...

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...

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