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“Must Watch” Testimonies from the MMIWG Inquiry

August 8, 2018

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls held four hearings in May and June 2018. These hearings aimed to focus on human rights, government services, racism, and policing.

Below are the “must watch” testimonies of Indigenous women from across Canada who provided valuable insight into the violence committed by men against Indigenous women and girls and the failure of Canada to protect them.

Fay Blaney from the Aboriginal Women’s Action Network

1:37 minutes into this video followed by the first 28 minutes of this video

Jackie Anderson and Christine Duhaime from the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre 

1:36 minutes into the video

Dr. Cindy Blackstock from First Nation Children and Family Caring Society 

Watch the full video

Nakuset, Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal 

First 29 minutes of the video

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We recognize the many useful recommendations made by the commissioners of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and call on all levels of government to promptly and diligently implement them in order to protect Indigenous women from men’s violence and get them closer to safety and freedom.

By Vancouver Rape Relief Collective
June 3, 2019

We do not accept murder, rape, wife battering and incest as inevitable and we do not accept prostitution as inevitable. These are all acts done by men to women in patriarchal world where the relationship between men and women are based on domination and subordination. We do not accept that this kind of relationships between men and women are inevitable. Learning that Indigenous women in pre-colonial Canada were treated in their nations with respect and honor, gives us hope. It reinforces our refusal to accept women’s oppression as inevitable. Knowing that fairly recently in human history, women had social and spiritual roles that were regarded as valuable as those men had, makes our fight for liberation not only possible, but tangible.

By Hilla Kerner
December 2018

Although Aboriginal women are only 4% of the population of women in Canada, they make up 42% of the population of women in prisons.


Watch Fay Blaney, Founding member of the Aboriginal Women's Action Network, speaking about her experience and analysis of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

December 7, 2019

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