New research available for missing and murdered Indigenous women advocates

The Legal Strategy Coalition on Violence Against Indigenous Women (LSC) is engaged in legal advocacy and research to urgently address the critical issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW). LSC legal research volunteers, Pippa Feinstein and Megan Pearce, have created two documents that will be of assistance to MMIW advocates across the country.

The Canadian Department of Justice refers to a list of existing reports to suggest that a national inquiry on MMIW is not necessary. These LSC researchers reviewed those reports with an eye to seeing whether any recommendations of previous inquiries have been implemented. Fifty reports containing over 700 recommendations were reviewed. A preliminary assessment shows that few of the recommendations have been implemented.

The two LSC documents are available below and on our resources page:

  • spreadsheet of the reports to date “Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls: A Consolidated Literature Review.”
  • briefing note setting out the preliminary research findings from the review of the 50 reports.

Their preliminary research shows that while there is a general consensus about the root causes of violence against Indigenous women, there has been a failure to implement the necessary responses to address the crisis. While there have been inquiries that touch upon the issue of MMIW, there has not been a national inquiry focused on the issue. This research suggests that the focus for a national inquiry should examine the resistance to implementation of known and recommended measures to address the issue.

We invite you to use these reports to advocate for the issue of MMIW to be addressed at the municipal, community, provincial and federal levels.

The LSC is a nation-wide ad hoc coalition of groups and individuals formed in 2014 following the murder of  Inuit university student Loretta Saunders, to marshall resources that address violence against Indigenous women. We are grateful to Megan and Pippa for their excellent work on this important issue.

For more information, please contact:

Cheryl Maloney, President
Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association
Tel: (902) 805-0374

Kim Stanton, Legal Director
Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund
Tel: (416) 595-7170

[Updated on Dec 10, 2014]


One response to “New research available for missing and murdered Indigenous women advocates

  1. Dear ACC:

    Thank you for including me in this emailing. Keep me posted – I am Plains Cree [northern Saskatchewan], an activist, lawyer and musician. If there is something that i can do to assist let me know, thank you.

    Peace, love and blessings, dm PS Diem Lafortune is a variant of my artist/pre-adoption name. We were Bears and then Lyons – we are uncertain as to how my grandfather became a Lafortune….

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