Missing & Murdered Women and Girls

Information on this page relates most to Idle No More Manitoba themes:

Over the past several decades hundreds of Indigenous women in Canada have gone missing or been murdered.  The most recent “official” number (May, 2014. See the RCMP report below) is 1181.

Missing Persons and Persons-at-Risk Toolkit:  Ka Ni Kanichihk

This page provides instructions about what to do if you have a loved one go missing.  There are useful check-lists about who to call and how to take care of you and your family during such a difficult time.  There are also easy-to-use templates for creating posters and providing good descriptions of your loved one.

The Toolkit was created with the support and information from several families in Manitoba who have had a loved one go missing.

Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women: A National Operational Overview

This is a report released by the RCMP in May, 2014.  It provides details about the numbers of both missing and murdered women.

An Awkward Silence: Missing and Murdered Vulnerable Women and the Canadian Justice System

Before the RCMP released its report in May, 2014. This PhD thesis by Maryann Pearce was said to have the most up-to-date list of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.  The thesis was finished in 2013 (you can read a newspaper story about the writer’s work here).

This fact sheet “Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls in Manitoba” was produced by the Native Women’s Association of Canada (2010).  It presents many different kinds of facts about the missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls such as: how many cases; their different ages; how many were on-reserve or off; the size of the families they left behind and more.

“Sisters In Spirit”:  The Native Women’s Association of Canada

“Sisters in Spirit” was a research project about missing and murdered Indigenous women.  It created a database of over 580 different women and produced a major report.  The research project has ended due to having its funding cut by the federal government.

This page gives you links to resource guides, awareness projects and a list of vigils across the country that happen each October.

#ItEndsHere: The Full Series

In the spring of 2014 the Indigenous Nationhood Movement website published a series of powerful blog posts about the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.  You can read what people believe the real root causes are and thoughts about ending the violence once and for all.

“Walking With Our Sisters”:  artist Christi Belcourt

Artist Christi Belcourt is currently (at April, 2013) heading up an art project where people from across the country are beading 600 vamps to honour missing and murdered women.  The vamps will be installed in galleries and sites across Canada.  Her website has templates for vamps that you can download to create your own contribution.

2 thoughts on “Missing & Murdered Women and Girls

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  2. In order to solve this one must ask WHO murdered them and WHY these people were murdered. What made these people kill ?
    Some suggest that the source of the murders comes from poor social conditions which can be in part are caused from lack of direction, lack of self worth. There is an old saying “idle time is devils time” We are all built mentally to be busy and to look forward to goals and achievements. It is strong social values, a need to work and achieve that gives a sense of self accomplished and therefore self worth while building strong, healthy social values and relationships.

    There is not one group or race of people that would not suffer on this earth if they handed their youth a sense of self entitlement, a sense that they are owed something and it is feared that this is the message that many First Nations leaders and members of Idenomore are professing.

    A sense of self entitlement very often leads to apathy, lack of direction and the need to achieve and grow, all things nature intents us to do as we all grow stronger from our struggles and achievements.
    Suicide, drug and alcohol issues are often a result of no need to achieve, no need to grow and gain self value, self accomplishment. This endless cycle will continue for all First Nations Youth and Families who choose to point and blame rather than learn, grow and achieve.

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