What we are doing

Since 2015, the Government of Canada has worked across departments towards a Canada free of violence against Indigenous women, girls, LGBTQ and Two-Spirit people.

Together with provincial, territorial and Indigenous partners, we are responding to the issues identified in the Calls for Justice, as part of the whole-of-Canada response to the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

We want to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, LGBTQ and Two-Spirit people and foster the healing of families, survivors and First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. Actions from across the country are needed to truly address violence against Indigenous women, girls, LGBTQ and Two-Spirit people and end this national tragedy.

Learn more about federal initiatives, as well as our work with our partners.

We will be adding new actions taken to this webpage throughout the year.

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Culture

Health and wellness

Human security and safety

The Government of Canada is expanding the network of shelters and transition houses for those fleeing domestic violence:

Justice

Indigenous women's empowerment

Engaging with our partners

Engaging Indigenous women, girls, LGBTQ and Two-Spirit people

National Indigenous organizations, Indigenous women's organizations and Indigenous LGBTQ and Two-Spirit organizations have been leading engagement activities with their members, including family members and survivors, to set the path forward. The Government of Canada is providing support to these organizations to ensure that the national action plan will address their regional needs and the unique needs, experiences and cultural contexts their communities.

Some examples of this work include:

  • The Native Women's Association of Canada's MMIWG Violence and Prevention webpage.
  • Pauktuutit's report in brief:MMIWG Calls for Justice – What Does Co-Development Mean to Inuit Women
  • Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak – Women of the Métis Nation interim report - MMIWG Implementation Framework.
  • 2 Spirits in Motion is continuing to coordinate, implement and report on the 2 Spirit Engagement and Consultation on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls+ (MMIWG+) Final Report and Calls for Justice.
  • The Newfoundland Aboriginal Women's Network conducted 4 community engagement sessions with their members, report to follow.
  • The National Aboriginal Circle Against Family Violence conducted engagement activities with their members, report to follow.
  • The Assembly of First Nations Women's Council, les Femmes Autochtones du Québec, the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women, the National Association of Friendship Centres, the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres and the Ontario Native Women's Association also continue to engage their members to help inform the development of the national action plan.

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Engaging First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples

We continue to engage Indigenous peoples on a nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, government-to-government relationship, on how they wish to contribute and collaborate on the development of the national action plan. We will build on the dialogue, collaboration and ongoing work undertaken by, but not limited to, national Indigenous organizations, self-government and modern treaty holders, regional organizations, and Indigenous communities. Many are spearheading Indigenous-led solutions via community initiatives and leveraging comprehensive community plans. Collectively, we will ensure that the voices of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples are reflected in the development of the national action plan.

Engaging provinces and territories

Provinces and territories have been working with Indigenous partners, families and survivors and others such as municipalities and service providers, and discussing their own reviews of the Calls for Justice, priorities and initiatives related to ending violence against Indigenous women, girls, LGBTQ and Two-Spirit people. The outcome of these reviews will continue to shape our collective whole-of-country response.

Provinces and territories also continue to collaborate with the federal government and their provincial and territorial partners through the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Deputy Minister Committee and Working Group, co-chaired by British Columbia.

Jointly with the federal government and Indigenous partners, provinces and territories are hosting virtual sessions to share information, highlight initiatives and bring together partners. The Government of Canada, with the Government of Yukon, recently co-hosted a virtual session and it looks forward to participating in others in the coming weeks and months.

Engaging the federal government

Federal departments are engaging their respective sectors to advance the Calls for Justice. For example, in February 2020, Public Safety Canada hosted an engagement session with Indigenous communities related to missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, LGBTQ and Two-Spirit people.

Federal departments regularly liaise to review and discuss federal government policies and programs aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against Indigenous women, girls, LGBTQ and Two-Spirit people, as well as to identify any gaps and short, medium and long term federal priorities.

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