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 from the federal government.

Towards a national action plan

Building on the Calls for Justice made by the national inquiry, we are working with provinces, territories, Indigenous organizations and communities across the country to create a national action plan. Learn more:

To learn more about the inquiry, please visit the inquiry's website and consult:

Support line for those affected by missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls

This website deals with topics which 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.

Services and information

About the independent inquiry

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

Addressing the interim report

Learn how the Government of Canada is responding to some of the recommendations in the interim report.

About the commissioners

Learn about the commissioners who will be leading the inquiry, how they were chosen and what they will do.

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.

Terms of reference

Consult the terms of reference.

Violence and abuse prevention programs

Find Government of Canada programs to help end violence against Indigenous women and girls.

Pre-inquiry design process

Learn how victims' families, stakeholders and Canadians participated in the design of the inquiry, and find summaries of the design meetings.

Government of Canada news

Find news releases, statements, videos and resources on the inquiry from the Government of Canada.

Background on the inquiry

Find out why the Government of Canada committed to launching a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Family Information Liaison Units

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

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 the permission of Ruth Cuthand.

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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