National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

The Government of Canada launched a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, independent of the federal government.

Support line

This website deals with topics that may negatively impact the reader due to its subject matter. The Government of Canada recognizes the need for safety measures to minimize the risks associated with traumatic subject matter. For immediate emotional assistance, call 1-844-413-6649. This is a national, toll-free 24/7 crisis call line providing support for anyone who requires emotional assistance related to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. You can also access long-term health support services such as mental health counselling, community-based emotional support and cultural services, and some travel costs to see Elders and traditional healers.

The independent inquiry

About the independent inquiry

Learn about the mandate, scope, timeframe and budget of the inquiry.

Final report of the pre-inquiry engagement

Full summary of what we heard during the design process.

Terms of reference

Consult the terms of reference.

Government of Canada's response

Missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people

Working with provinces, territories, Indigenous organizations and communities across the country to end racism, discrimination and violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people.

Family Information Liaison Units

Family members seeking information about their missing or murdered loved one can access Family Information Liaison Units.

Health support services

Access mental health counselling and community-based cultural support services if you or someone you know has been affected by this issue.

About the artist

This image is a reproduction of Plains Cree artist Ruth Cuthand's acrylic on canvas How Much Was Forgotten from the collection of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Reproduced with Ruth Cuthand's permission.

The use of red dresses to represent missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls was originated by Métis artist Jaime Black in 2010. In her exhibit, The REDress Project, Black displayed over one hundred red dresses around the University of Winnipeg campus to raise awareness about this issue. Today, red dresses continue to be used across Canada as a representation of the Indigenous women and girls lost to violent crime and as a call for action to prevent future violence.

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