Supporting Families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
In Canada, the rate of violent victimization of Indigenous people is more than double that of non-Indigenous people, and the numbers are particularly concerning when it comes to Indigenous women and girls. The causes are many and rooted in the legacy of colonial policies and the intergenerational effects of residential schools.
Investing in specialized victim services that support families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is an important part of the healing journey.
The Department of Justice Canada provides funding for initiatives that support families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls: Family Information Liaison Units and funding for community-based organizations that provide culturally-grounded grief and trauma supports for families.
These initiatives are not part of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The National Inquiry is independent of all levels of government. These initiatives are a response to what we heard during the pre-Inquiry engagement from survivors, families, and loved ones affected by this long-standing national tragedy.
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