Support and advocate for MMIWG

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) is a systemic human rights crisis. Movements across Canada and the US demand an end to violence against Indigenous women.

Understanding the issue

According to the final report of Canada’s inquiry into MMIWG, Indigenous women and girls in Canada are 12x more likely than non-Indigenous women to go missing or be murdered and make up 25% of female homicide victims. In the US, the murder rate is 10x higher than the national average for women living on reservations and murder remains the third leading cause of death for Indigenous women. It’s time we come together to protect and advocate for Indigenous women and girls across North America.


Organizations advocating for Indigenous women

Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC)

NWAC is the leading voice against the ongoing genocide of Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people. NWAC first started lobbying the federal government in 2002 to address the systemic violence against Indigenous women and girls. A leader in the call to investigate the crisis of MMIWG, NWAC continues to support and advocate on behalf of Indigenous women and families who have lost loved ones by providing support through various programs and using our platform to advocate for change at the government level.

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC)

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Inc., is a Native-led nonprofit organization dedicated to ending violence against Native women and children. NIWRC provides national leadership in ending gender-based violence in tribal communities by lifting up the collective voices of grassroots advocates and offering culturally grounded resources, technical assistance and training, and policy development to strengthen tribal sovereignty.



The Epidemic of MMIWG

While violence towards Indigenous women and girls is a direct result of the harms of colonization, the pandemic has also brought an increase in gender-based violence felt within our Indigenous communities. In the wake of this increased violence and the disparities in the search efforts and justice for Indigenous missing women and girls, it is important to spread awareness of this issue now and support organizations fighting for change. Check out these educational resources from NWAC and NIWRC.