2022-2023 Federal pathway annual progress report: Executive summary

Key highlights from the second annual progress report

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The second Federal Pathway Annual Progress Report describes work the Government of Canada has completed on its commitments made in the Federal Pathway to Address Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People for the period from April 1, 2022, to March 31, 2023.

This annual progress report executive summary includes:

The 2022-2023 Federal Pathway Annual Progress Report includes detailed information about progress made on the federal pathway for the 2022-2023 fiscal year, inclusive of:

Key highlights

Immediate actions to support safety

  • The Aboriginal Planning Initiative supported 30 communities in developing community safety plans:
    • seven were completed; and
    • 23 will be completed in 2023–2024.
  • An additional $20 million was invested in the Pathways to Safe Indigenous Communities Initiative to continue providing Indigenous-led solutions to community safety.
  • The Indigenous Shelter and Transitional Housing Initiative selected 22 new projects that will build 178 units by 2026. These projects represent:
    • $81 million in capital funding;
    • $15 million in ongoing operational support; and
    • $3.5 million being advanced for the construction of three projects.
  • The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Indigenous Services Canada committed $300 million to advance engagement for an Urban, Rural and Northern Indigenous Housing Strategy.
  • The Support for the Wellbeing of Families and Survivors Initiative allocated $3 million to develop 13 new programs.
  • The Distinctions-Based Housing Support initiative:
    • supported four Inuit land claim organizations to construct 500 new housing units; and
    • funded the Métis Nation Governing Members and the Manitoba Métis Federation to:
      • purchase, build or renovate approximately 4,300 units; and
      • provide financial assistance to a further 9,500 households.

Transformational institutional and systemic change

  • The Indigenous Languages and Cultures Program funded 1,012 Indigenous language projects. As a result of the Indigenous Languages and Cultures Program, three new time-limited agreements were included in sections 8 and 9 of the Indigenous Languages Act.
  • Indigenous Services Canada approved 54 projects that support Indigenous communities to exercise authority over child and families services.
  • Three separate national strategies continued to address some of the root causes of violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQI+ people, including:
    • combatting racism;
    • working toward ending gender-based violence; and
    • improving the rights of 2SLGBTQI+ people.

Increased accountability and transparency

  • In response to Call for Justice 1.10, the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Secretariat held pre-engagement sessions with Indigenous partners in 2022 to begin developing options and considerations for an oversight body. An Indigenous company also led engagement efforts that included 14 interviews and 13 regional meetings with over 50 organizations, that will lead to a report with recommendations on an oversight mechanism.
  • A Ministerial Special Representative was appointed to engage with families and survivors, national Indigenous organizations and other partners to work on Call for Justice 1.7.
  • A federal, provincial, territorial, and Indigenous round table on missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people (MMIWG2S+) was held on January 10, 2023, to support dialogue on areas of mutual interest between jurisdictions.

Reporting on the Calls for Justice

In response to the Standing Senate Committee on Indigenous Peoples' interim report on MMIWG2S+, Not Enough: All Words and No Action on MMIWG (PDF), the federal government has committed to enhancing reporting on its implementation of the Calls for Justice. The 2022-2023 annual progress report includes a section that identifies which federal pathway initiatives are linked to specific Calls for Justice. It is organized by the national inquiry's Calls for Justice themes.

Read a summary of these initiatives and corresponding Calls for Justice undertaken by over 20 federal departments and agencies:

Human and Indigenous Rights and Governmental Obligations

  • 26 initiatives that respond to 9 Calls for Justice
  • Calls for Justice: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.10
  • Jurisdiction: all governments, federal government, Indigenous representative organizations


  • 17 initiatives that respond to 7 Calls for Justice
  • Calls for Justice: 2.1, 2.2ii, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7
  • Jurisdiction: all governments

Health and Wellness

  • 21 initiatives that respond to 7 Calls for Justice
  • Calls for Justice: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7
  • Jurisdiction: all governments

Human Security

  • 56 initiatives that respond to 6 Calls for Justice
  • Calls for Justice: 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.6, 4.7, 4.8
  • Jurisdiction: all governments


  • 39 initiatives that respond to 18 Calls for Justice
  • Calls for Justice: 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, , 5.4, 5.5, 5,.6, 5.9, 5.10, 5.11, 5.12, 5.13, 5.14, 5.15, 5.16, 5.17, 5.18, 5.21, 5.24
  • Jurisdiction: all governments, federal government, provincial and territorial governments

Media and Social Influencers

  • 1 initiative that responds to 1 Call for Justice
  • Calls for Justice: 6.1
  • Jurisdiction: media; news outlets; government-funded outlets; media unions; associations; guilds; academic institutions; others working in media

Health and Wellness Service Providers

  • 12 initiatives that respond to 6 Calls for Justice
  • Calls for Justice: 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, 7.7
  • Jurisdiction: all governments, health service providers, institutions, organizations, essential and non-essential service providers, health and wellness professional bodies

Police Services

  • 10 initiatives that respond to 3 Calls for Justice
  • Calls for Justice: 9.1, 9.2, 9.5
  • Jurisdiction: all actors in the justice system; Police services

Attorneys and Law Societies

  • 1 initiative that responds to 1 Call for Justice
  • Calls for Justice: 10.1
  • Jurisdiction: all governments, Canadian law societies and bar associations

Social Workers and Those Implicated in Child Welfare

  • 24 initiatives that respond to 8 Calls for Justice
  • Calls for Justice: 12.1, 12.2, 12.3, 12.4, 12.6, 12.7, 12.8, 12.11
  • Jurisdiction: all governments, Indigenous organizations, child welfare services

Extractive and Development Industries

  • 11 initiatives that respond to 5 Calls for Justice
  • Calls for Justice: 13.1, 13.2, 13.3, 13.4, 13.5
  • Jurisdiction: all governments, resource extraction and development industries

Correctional Service Canada

  • 7 initiatives that respond to 5 Calls for Justice
  • Calls for Justice: 14.1, 14.4, 14.6, 14.8, 14.9
  • Jurisdiction: Correctional Services Canada, provincial and territorial services

All Canadians

  • 1 initiative that responds to 1 Call for Justice
  • Calls for Justice: 15.2
  • Jurisdiction: all Canadians

Inuit Specific

  • 49 initiatives that respond to 16 Calls for Justice
  • Calls for Justice: 16.1, 16.2, 16.3, 16.6, 16.7, 16.17, 16.18, 16.19, 16.21, 16.25, 16.27, 16.29, 16.41,16.43, 16.44
  • Jurisdiction: all governments, service providers, Inuit organizations, educators

Métis Specific

  • 19 initiatives that respond to 9 Calls for Justice
  • Calls for Justice: 17.2, 17.4, 17.8, 17.9, 17.20, 17.23, 17.25, 17.27, 17.29
  • Jurisdiction: all governments, all actors within the justice system

2SLGBTQQIA+ Specific

  • 15 initiatives that respond to 2 Calls for Justice
  • Calls for Justice: 18.4, 18.25
  • Jurisdiction: all governments, services providers, and researchers


In 2022-2023, through initiatives in the federal pathway, the Government of Canada has continued its work:

Progress made this year included:

At the heart of its work, in 2022–2023 and beyond, the Government of Canada continues to center the priorities and perspectives of Indigenous women, girls, 2SLGBTQI+ people, families and survivors. The progress we have made could not be possible without their undeterred commitment to advocacy and strength.

The Government of Canada will continue to honour the truths shared during the national inquiry and act on the urgency to redress violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people through immediate and long-term government action. Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people must be able to reclaim and advance their place and power so that they are safe, secure and live a life free from violence wherever they reside.

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