January 20, 2016

In an open letter released today, five national organizations that have been deeply involved in efforts to expose and address violence against Indigenous women and girls call on the federal government to ensure that the forthcoming national inquiry can:

The letter, written by the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA), Amnesty International Canada, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, and the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), is addressed to the three federal ministers leading current consultations on the design of the inquiry.

The letter sets out initial recommendations based on the organizations’ past experiences with federal and provincial inquiries, and the concerns and recommendations raised by Indigenous women, families and frontline organizations in recent meetings. Recommendations include:

Please review the letter:

English version

French version

For more information, contact:

Jenn Jefferys, Communications Officer, Native Women’s Association of Canada
613.722.3033 ext. 235

Shelagh Day, FAFIA
604.872.0750

Dr. Kim Stanton, Legal Director, Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund
416.595.7170 ext 223

Related Events:

January 30, 2016 and January 31, 2016, by invitation, University of Ottawa
Symposium on Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Further details available HERE.

February 6, 2016, Osgoode Hall Law School, by invitation, Toronto ON
Pre-Inquiry Missing Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Roundtable

LEAF Legal Director Dr. Kim Stanton is an invited speaker at both events. She will address the importance of particular elements of institutional design for the MMIW inquiry.