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Indigenous Studies

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG)

Compiled by Molly Burke

Indigenous women and girls are five times more likely to experience violence than any other population in Canada. Indigenous people make up 4.3% of the population, yet Indigenous women make up 11% of missing women and 16% of female homicide victims in Canada. Homicide rates for Indigenous females are four times higher than for non-Indigenous women. These  statistics do not include Two Spirit or transgender people, suspicious deaths, or where an ethnicity was not determined or recorded.  Therefore,  these statistics could be even higher than reported.  From 2016-2019 there was a national inquiry into Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The inquiry heard the stories of more than 2,380 family members, surviviors of violence, experts and Knowledge Keepers during 2 yeards of public hearings and evidence gathering.  Their final report can be found here:

There are many organizations that exist to protect Canada's Indigenous women and girls. A few of these organizations are:

Red Shawl Campaign

National inquiry of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls

Walking With Our Sisters