In 2016 the government of Canada launched an independent National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
The commissioners leading the inquiry reflect the diversity of Canada's First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities. As part of the inquiry, they'll examine the causes of all forms of violence against Aboriginal women and girls in Canada.
The Commission will be holding hearings to gather facts and testimonies. They invite family members, loved ones, and survivors of violence who want to share their experiences to contact them.
You may also want to share your experiences as a "witness" and testify at the inquiry. The inquiry pays your reasonable expenses for travel, accommodation, meals, and child care. The Commission provides a culturally safe space, with access to support, for anyone who wants to testify.
A member of the Commission's Health team will follow up with you. They'll work out the best way to support you through the process and help you decide how to tell your story.
There's no deadline to contact the Commission to share your story. The Commission will make sure everyone who contacts them has the opportunity to share.
Once the inquiry is complete, the Commission will report on their findings and recommend:
If you have questions about the National Inquiry process, contact the Commission:
1-844-348-4119 (call no charge)
PO Box 500, Station A, Vancouver, BC V6C 2N3
For updates, see also the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls website and the government's National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls website.