Victim Services and Assistance for Families of Missing or Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
The Government of Canada launched an independent National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in December, 2015.
On August 3, 2016, the terms of reference and the names of the five Commissioners leading the Inquiry were shared. At that time, the Minister of Justice announced additional funding to support victim services projects across the country in order to directly help the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. This funding will help fill gaps where needs are high, building on the work of Indigenous organizations and specialized victim services programs.
New Funding Available
Additional funding will be made available to Indigenous community-based organizations, non-governmental community-based organizations, and victim services to support the design and delivery of culturally-responsive, trauma-informed services for families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. This additional $4.5M over four years will be added to the current $1M per year available in the Victims Fund for these activities. This new funding is available from September 1, 2016 to March 31, 2020. There is no deadline for this call for proposals. Applications for funding will be accepted and assessed as they are received, until all funding has been allocated.
This funding will complement resources that will be made available to provincial and territorial governments to establish Family Information Liaison Units (FILUs) within their existing victims services departments. FILUs will work directly with families of missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls to gather the outstanding information they seek from government agencies and organizations related to the loss of their loved one. FILUs will coordinate and gather information from various systems and agencies at all levels of government. Funding for provincial and territorial FILUs will be available from September 1, 2016 until March 31, 2019.
Purpose & Objectives
The purpose of this investment is to support culturally-responsive, trauma-informed community-based services for families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Culturally-responsive services for families are those that are grounded in or informed by the various cultures of the families in need of assistance. A trauma-informed approach is grounded in client safety and empowerment. Trauma informed victim service providers are guided by principles of creating a safe space, building trust, supporting client choice, respecting client control, and building on strengths. These principles are integrated into policies, procedures, practices and settings.
Projects funded will address gaps where there are limited supports and services for families. Funding will also be available to increase capacity where services are already being provided by Indigenous organizations.
Funding will be linked to the following Victims Fund objectives:
- Promote access to justice and participation by victims of crime in the justice system;
- Promote the development of law, policies and programs for victims of crime;
- Promote the implementation of principles, guidelines and laws designed to address the needs of victims of crime and articulate the victim’s role in the criminal justice system;
- Increase knowledge and awareness of the impact of victimization, the needs of victims of crime, available services, assistance and programs, and relevant legislation;
- Encourage governmental and non-governmental organizations to identify victim needs and gaps in services, and develop and deliver programs, services and assistance to victims of crime; and/or,
- Promote capacity-building within non-governmental organizations.
Which activities are eligible for funding?
Applications considered for funding will:
- Provide direct support to family members of missing or murdered Indigenous women to assist them with their grief and trauma;
- Demonstrate that the services and support to be provided will be culturally-responsive;
- Demonstrate that the services and support to be provided will be trauma-informed;
- Demonstrate that the applicant organization has links and partnerships at the community level; and,
- Demonstrate that the organization has well-established connections with the families and individuals they are proposing to serve.
Activities may include, but are not limited to: trauma or grief counselling, cultural ceremonies, workshops for families, or local or regional family gatherings.
Who is eligible for funding?
Eligible applicants include Indigenous community organizations, non-governmental organizations, and provincial and territorial victim services.
How much funding is available for each project?
The level of funding will vary from project to project based on the nature of the proposed activities. To date, projects providing direct assistance to families have been within the $50-$100K range per year.
Given that the Inquiry is national in scope, there is a need to fund projects and services across the country. Unfortunately not all eligible proposals may be funded.
For more Information and to Apply for Funding
For further information or to apply for funding, please contact the Victims Fund:
Victims Fund Manager
Department of Justice Canada
284 Wellington Street, 6th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H8
What can I expect from a funding agreement?
The following guide is designed as a reference tool to help funding recipients better understand and comply with the financial requirements described in contribution agreements. It is recommended that recipients review this handbook at the outset of their funding agreement.
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