News Release Article from  Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Government of Canada Launches Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Pre-Inquiry Online Survey

January 5, 2016  -  Ottawa, ON  - Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Today, as part of its commitment to an inclusive and respectful engagement process, the Government of Canada announced the launch of an online survey to inform the design of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Building on the input gathered from the engagement sessions being held across Canada, this online survey will allow survivors, family members, loved ones of victims, front-line service providers and others the opportunity to provide input into who should conduct the inquiry, its timeframe, who should be heard as part of the inquiry process, and what issues should be considered.

A discussion guide also has been developed and is now available online.  The guide is also being used at engagement sessions to help focus discussions by highlighting important elements and key questions for consideration and providing additional information.

Summaries from the pre-inquiry design sessions will be posted online and, once the engagement process is complete, a final summary of what was heard during the sessions and through the online survey will be posted online.

Quotes

"We want to hear from Canadians on this issue of national significance. I encourage everyone to read the discussion guide and participate in this process via the online survey. We need to hear from all Canadians – especially survivors, families and loved ones, Indigenous organizations, and provinces and territories – to help us identify the best process for this inquiry."

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett,
Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs,

"The Government of Canada believes that an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls can only be designed after hearing from those directly affected. We are committed to an inclusive and respectful engagement process which incorporates the viewpoints and perspectives of those impacted by this national tragedy."

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould,
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

"We must design an inquiry that both exposes the root causes of violence against Indigenous women and girls and leads to concrete actions to prevent future violence. Engaging meaningfully with people from across the country is an important first step in that process."

The Honourable Patty Hajdu,
Minister of Status of Women

Quick facts

  • On December 8, 2015, the Government of Canada announced the launch of a national inquiry to address the high number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
  • The Government is currently engaging with survivors, family members and other loved ones, as well as National Aboriginal Organizations, provincial and territorial representatives, and front-line workers to seek their views on the design and scope of the inquiry.
  • Indigenous women and girls in Canada experience higher rates of violence than non-Indigenous women and girls in Canada.
  • Although Indigenous women make up 4 per cent of Canada's female population,16 per cent of all women murdered in Canada between 1980 and 2012 were Indigenous women. Indigenous women are 3 times more likely to report experiencing violence.

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Department of Justice
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media@justice.gc.ca

Nanci-Jean Waugh
Director General, Communications and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
819-420-6810

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