Honouring truth through education
Missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) is an issue that we at She/they/us magazine believe needs to be highlighted. Indigenous peoples make up 4.3% of Canada’s population but Indigenous women account for 16% of all female homicide victims, and 11% of missing women. In 2014, RCMP records showed more than 1,000 homicides of Indigenous women between 1980 and 2012. In 2016, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls took place to examine and report on this violence against Indigenous women and girls. Since then, books have been published about the families affected by these crimes, as well as the stories of investigations that took place. These truths should not be forgotten.
The following are online resources, and books that highlight the injustice that Indigenous women face in Canada.
The Assembly of First Nations addresses many sectors in their work. Included on their website is a summary of facts and reference to the national inquiry above. You can find more information at www.afn.ca/policy-sectors/mmiwg-end-violence
The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls looked into and reported on “the systemic causes of all forms of violence against Indigenous women and girls, including sexual violence.” The inquiry process began in August 2016 and concluded in June 2019. You can find out more about the inquiry, view the final report and read the recommendations at www.mmiwg-ffada.ca.
CBC compiled a case explorer, including a live update on the cases that are still unresolved today, and a news feed of recent related articles. You can find it at www.cbc.ca/missingandmurdered
Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
by Jessica McDiarmid (2019)
“A searing and revelatory account of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls of Highway 16, and an indictment of the society that failed them.”
by Memee Lavell-Harvard and Jennifer Brant (Eds.) (2016)
“Linking colonial practices with genocide, through their exploration of the current statistics, root causes and structural components of the issue, including conversations on policing, media and education, the contributing authors illustrate the resilience, strength, courage and spirit of Indigenous women and girls as they struggle to survive in a society shaped by racism and sexism, patriarchy and misogyny.”
by Katerine McCarthy (2016)
“Invisible Victims is a shocking work that shines a spotlight on this national crisis and its root causes. It includes several specific cases and a review of the serial killers who have specifically targeted Indigenous women and girls as a result of the apathy of Canada’s law enforcement, media and government.”
by Emmanuelle Walter (2015)
“A moving and deeply shocking work of investigative journalism that makes the claim that not only is Canada failing its First Nations communities, but that a femicide is taking place.”