Our Sisters

For over 30 years family member, advocates & organizations have been working to raise awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous women, and many have called for or supported the call for a National Inquiry into this issue. The Liberal Government of Justin Trudeau committed to a National Inquiry during the election campaign of 2015 and the inquiry is now underway.

The individual stories of the women and girls who have gone missing and what their families endure is heart wrenching and the growing list of names is too long to list here. And frankly, it is widely believed that the 1,200+ women who have been murdered or have gone missing in the last 30 years only scratches the surface. Not included in the statistics of 1,200 cases are: unreported cases; cases not within RCMP jurisdiction; Two-spirit/trans people who were not listed as women; suspicious deaths not listed as homicides; cases where no ethnicity was known or found; data or oral history extending back beyond 30 years; data that incorporates deaths of Indigenous children who are within the child welfare system; data that incorporates the deaths of children from residential schools; data that incorporates the oral history of unreported cases; data that incorporates deaths from domestic violence occurring following years of abuse; the absence of consistent record keeping on the ethnicity of victims; unclear information on the methodology used to assess files for non-status/Metis women.

The family networks, advocacy groups and organizations who have relentlessly kept organizing, marching, protesting, holding vigils, and telling their stories are the foremost experts on the issue of #MMIW and #MMIWG2S. No one wants change, justice and a brighter future for our people more than they do.

Below is a list of some of the organizations & contacts working on this issue:

(Please note: A national organization that represents all families does not exist in Canada. There is, however, a large informal national network of families, groups and supports across the country. Also, many families remain independent from any group or organization. Northern parts of all the provinces as well as NWT, Yukon & Nunavut are generally under represented. )


Butterflies in Spirit (Vancouver) Contact: Lorelei Williams

Drag the Red (Winnipeg) Contact: Bernadette Smith

Families of Sisters in Spirit (Ottawa) Contact: Bridgette Tolley

Full Moon Memory Walk (Thunder Bay) Contact: Sharon Johnson

Iskwewuk E-wichiwitochik (Saskatoon) Contact: Darlene Okemaysim-Sicotte & Myrna LaPlante

It Starts With Us (Toronto)

Maisy’s Foundation of Hope (Kitigan Zibi) Contact: Laurie Odjick

Missing and Murdered Women’s Coalition (Vancouver)

Native Youth Sexual Health Network (National)

No More Silence (Toronto)

No More Stolen Sisters

Sisters in Spirit Walk (Peace River) Contact: Wendy Goulet

Survivors of MMIW Girls and Young Men

Tears4Justice (Vancouver) Contact: Gladys Radek

Women’s Memorial March for Murdered and Missing Women (Vancouver)


Bev Jacobs
Sue Martin (Currently holding vigil for justice on Victoria Island)
Ernie Crey
Delilah Saunders

(Many many more to be added to this list – wwos@live.ca)


Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC)

Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council (Yukon) Contact: Doris Anderson

Legal Strategy Coalition on Violence Against Indigenous Women (National) Contact: Cheryl Maloney

Families First (Manitoba) Contact: Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

Who Is She? (Ontario) Contact: Chiefs of Ontario

Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Foundation (Winnipeg)

Amnesty International – No More Stolen Sisters

IAAW (Edmonton)


Murdered and Missing Native Women of Canada

Walking With Our Sisters

Murdered and Missing Aboriginal Women in Canada

Murdered and Disappeared Native Women (US)

Missing & Murdered Haudenosaunee & Anishnabe Brothers & Sisters

Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

We Care Campaign

Manitoulin Island & the North Shore MMIWG Support Group

Am I next?

FINDING DAWN, a film by Christine Welsh is available to view from the NFB website click here.