Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
MKO is committed to working along side with families, communities and leadership towards ensuring the upcoming national inquiry is inclusive of our northern communities. We are also working with the federal government to support immediate actions aimed at addressing a root causes that result in violence against Indigenous women and girls.
There is no greater pain then not knowing what has happened to a loved one. Unfortunately, this is all too common in the Indigenous community where the United Nations, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch has noted a crisis level of violence against Indigenous women and girls. In fact, the Liberal government has noted that the amount of murdered and missing women could be higher then 4000 victims. Many of these cases have not been solved. What is even more alarming is that Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the United Nations have noted that the government has failed in ensuring that Indigenous women and girls are provided with the same standard of safety as experienced by other Canadians. This has been acknowledged by the current Liberal government, which launched a National Inquiry to explore issues that have resulted in our crisis.
MKO leadership is committed to supporting the efforts of our Northern families in their search for answers. We recognize that our families cannot rest until they know what has happened to their loved ones. As such, addressing the issue of the MMIWG is one of the key priority areas of MKO. It is our hope that this will result in a realization of programs and services that support a reduction in violence experienced by Indigenous women and girls in the future.
Grand Chief’s open letter to MMIWG families
To our Families of our missing and murdered and Survivors of violence,
I would like to begin by acknowledging families and the two-spirit community who have experienced the tragic loss of one of our sisters. My deepest condolences are with you all. To the survivors, your resilience and strength is unimaginable. You have survived horrific violence, from systematic violence, domestic violence, sexual violence, sexual exploitation, and human trafficking, compounded by racism and patriarchal dominance.
The MKO Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Liaison Unit is hosting an event on October 4, 2019, for the Provincial Day of Awareness and National Day of Remembrance on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. You can find more info and an event poster here.
Traditional Medicine Workshop
MKO Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Liaison Unit hosted a Traditional Medicine Workshop on September 5 and 6, 2019, in Winnipeg.
Individuals in Manitoba who are impacted by the tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls attended the event, including MMIWG family members, survivors, 2SLGBTQQIA, and service providers.
- Land-based therapy rooted in traditional Indigenous knowledge
- Identifying traditional medicines and how to use them
- Fred Stevens
- Keith Anderson
Reclaiming and Honouring Our Spirit Workshops:
The workshops were held in Winnipeg on July 23 and 24 and in Brandon on July 25 and 26.
The learning objectives for the workshops were:
1: To give hope
2: Honouring the loss
3: New beginnings
Thank you to our workshop facilitator: Clinical therapist Mary Azure-Laubmann
Event recap and response to MMIWG Final Report:
MKO hosted two community forums on the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls on June 10 and 11, 2019. You can read about the events here.
You can also read MKO’s response to the Final Report of the National Inquiry into MMIWG here.
December 14, 2018
Unceded Traditional Territories of the Algonquin Nation, OTTAWA, ON – Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Garrison Settee and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Liaison Hilda Anderson-Pryz provided statements at the Oral Closing Submissions of the Parties with Standing with the National Inquiry into the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.