Horizontal initiative - Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

General Information

Lead department: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC)

Federal partner organizations: Canadian Heritage (PCH), Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), Public Safety (PS), Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE), Department of Justice (DOJ), Libraries and Archives Canada (LAC), Health Canada (HC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Transport Canada (TC), Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN), Correctional Services Canada (CSC), Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Statistics Canada (StatCan)

Note that the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Horizontal Results Framework is in development. Once it is completed and approved by the Treasury Board, the MMIWG Horizontal Initiative will be published.

Start date: 2021

End date: 2028

Description: In 2016 and in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action and the decades-long advocacy from families and survivors, the Government of Canada launched the National Inquiry into MMIWG and two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (2SLGBTQQIA+) people. This inquiry included all provinces and territories and the federal government. It brought together Indigenous leaders, families and survivors, communities, knowledge keepers, experts and institutions from across the country to study and discuss the underlying social, economic, cultural, institutional, systemic and historical causes, policies and practices for this ongoing violence. The work of the National Inquiry ended in June 2019 with the release of Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The report contains 231 Calls for Justice calling upon various organizations to take action to end the causes of this violence, including a call for the Government of Canada, provincial, territorial, Indigenous and municipal governments and Indigenous partners to work together to respond to the issues identified by the Final Report.

On June 3, 2021, the 2021 National Action Plan: Ending Violence Against Indigenous Women, Girls, And 2SLGBTQQIA+ People was released. As one component of the National Action Plan, the Government of Canada developed the Federal Pathway to Address Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People, a set of commitments for departments to support systemic change to address the tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. Through investments contained in the Fall Economic Statement 2020, as well as in Budget 2021, federal departments and agencies are working together to build on progress and to confront violence. Through this work, and that of partners, we look to fulfill a shared vision, as elaborated in the 2021 National Action Plan:

We envision a transformed Canada where Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, wherever they are, live free from violence, and are celebrated, honoured, respected, valued, treated equitably, safe, and secure.

The Federal Pathway will evolve to remain effective in ending the national tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, and new investments may be added as they are made. For this reason, the Horizontal Initiative on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People will remain adaptive to new challenges, realities and priorities.

Governance structures: The Horizontal Results Framework on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People (henceforth, HRF on MMIWG and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People) will be reported in the Departmental Plan and Departmental Results Report of the lead department (CIRNAC) and will be implemented through the existing horizontal governance structures, such as but not limited to thematic interdepartmental results working groups, the Director-General (DG) Steering Committee and the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) Oversight Committee. The ADM Oversight Committee will ensure horizontal results monitoring, reporting, and assessment, including the collection of consistent data.

CIRNAC, through the leadership of the MMIWG Secretariat, will continue to be the lead department and convener for working-level groups, as well as these committees. All partner departments will continue their participation in establishing the governance structure and the financial parameters for the horizontal initiative, provide a complete list to CIRNAC of their activities that are connected to the horizontal initiative, and provide information on relevant departmental activities as required by the Oversight Committee to implement their respective activities connected to the horizontal initiative. Going forward, interdepartmental results working groups, alongside the DG Steering and ADM Oversight Committees, will work collaboratively to ensure the development of results and resource frameworks, data collection and consolidation, and monitoring of performance indicators, unforeseen issues and course corrections that arise during the life of these initiatives and communication strategies.

Through collaboration and co-development with Indigenous partners and provincial and territorial governments, CIRNAC is pursuing the shared vision of the National Action Plan.This vision undergirds all federal efforts to reduce violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. The direction to pursue this vision, encapsulated within the Federal Pathway, will be renewed periodically through collaboration with Indigenous, provincial and territorial partners. Many of the policy levers to affect these outcomes are outside of federal jurisdiction, or in areas of shared jurisdiction. These plans, and related federal investments, will inform the expansion of the Horizontal Results Framework. As new initiatives are developed and implemented, new indicators related to initiatives brought forward by diverse departments and agencies will also be added. This is anticipated to be an ongoing, progressive and whole-of-government process, with regular engagement and reports to Treasury Board. Timelines for these regular engagements will be confirmed as the initial results framework is completed and as new initiatives are brought forward for approval.

Total federal funding allocated (start to end date): To be added as initiatives are confirmed

Total federal planned spending to date: To be added as initiatives are confirmed

Total federal actual spending to date: To be added as initiatives are confirmed

Date of last renewal of the horizontal initiative: Not applicable

Total federal funding allocated at the last renewal and source of funding: Not applicable

Additional federal funding received after the last renewal: Not applicable

Total planned spending since the last renewal: Not applicable

Total actual spending since the last renewal: Not applicable

Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation: Not applicable

Planning highlights: CIRNAC will lead all partner departments in the confirmation of the horizontal initiative results framework, including the completion of overall shared outcome(s), thematic shared outcome(s), and scoping of included initiatives. Work will also include confirming the governance structures associated with this horizontal initiative and collecting preliminary information on all scoped-in initiatives.

Contact information:

Mélanie Barrieau, Senior Director, MMIWG Secretariat
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs
10 Wellington St, Gatineau, QC K1A 0H4
873-455-5166, melanie.barrieau@rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca

Canadian Heritage
Anne Castelino, Strategic Policy and International Affairs Branch
Canadian Heritage
15 Eddy St, 8th floor, Room 73, Gatineau, QC K1A 0M5
819-230-3371, anne.castelino@pch.gc.ca

Indigenous Services Canada
Ashley Ramier, Manager, Partnerships Team
Indigenous Services Canada
10 Wellington St, Gatineau, QC K1A 0H4
819-431-7477, Ashley.Ramier@sac-isc.gc.ca

Public Safety Canada
Chantal Marion, Manager, Aboriginal Community Safety
Public Safety Canada
340 Laurier Ave West, Ottawa, ON K1A 0P9
613-897-8064, Chantal.Marion@ps-sp.gc.ca

Women and Gender Equality Canada
Julie Leblanc, Acting Manager, Gender-Based Violence Policy Branch
Women and Gender Equality Canada
22 Eddy St, Gatineau, QC J8X 2V6
873-353-5185, Julie.Leblanc@cfc-swc.gc.ca

Justice Canada
Ryhan Mansour, Senior Director, Reconciliation Secretariat
Department of Justice
284 Wellington St, Ottawa, ON K1A 0H8
613-907-3625, Ryhan.Mansour@justice.gc.ca

Libraries and Archives Canada
Cleo Big Eagle, Director, Indigenous Initiatives
Libraries and Archives Canada
395 Wellington St, Ottawa, ON K1A 0N4
819-230-9766, Cleo.BigEagle@bac-lac.gc.ca

Health Canada
Victoria Thomas, Manager, Strategic Policy Branch
Health Canada
Address locator 0900C2, Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9
613-543-1226, Victoria.Thomas@canada.ca

Public Health Agency of Canada
Tracey Chevrier, Manager, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Branch
Public Health Agency of Canada
130 Colonnade Rd, address locator 6501H, Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9
613-220-6564, tracey.chevrier@canada.ca

Employment and Social Development Canada
Marc-André Anderson, Manager, Indigenous Relations, Homelessness Policy Directorate
Employment and Social Development Canada
142, Promenade du Portage, Gatineau, QC J8X 2K3
819-431-4652, marcandre.anderson@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Krista Taylor, Senior Manager, Indigenous and Northern Housing Policy
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
700 Montreal Rd, Ottawa, ON K1A 0P7
613-748-5126, kstaylor@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

Transport Canada
Simon Gareau, Manager, Aboriginal Policy Development and Oversight
Transport Canada
330 Sparks St, Ottawa, ON K1A 0N5
613-993-6391, simon.gareau@tc.gc.ca

Correctional Services Canada
Marie-France Lapierre, Director, Women Offender Sector
Correctional Services Canada
340 Laurier Ave West, Ottawa, ON K1P 0P9
613-219-7472, Marie-France.J.Lapierre@csc-scc.gc.ca

Public Prosecution Service of Canada
Julie Wilson, Manager, Strategic Planning and Performance Measurement, Corporate Services Branch
Public Prosecution Service of Canada
160 Elgin St, 12th floor, Ottawa, ON K1A 0H8
343-548-0750, julie.wilson@ppsc-sppc.gc.ca

Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Geneviève Tremblay, Director, National Learning Services
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
73 Leikin Dr., Ottawa, ON K1A 0R2
613-858-7298, genevieve.tremblay@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Statistics Canada
Rebecca Kong, Assistant Director, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics
Statistics Canada
150 Tunney's Pasture Driveway, Ottawa, ON K1A 0T6
613-854-5624, rebecca.kong@canada.ca

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