National Inquiry support
In August 2016, Canada established the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls to identify and examine the systemic causes of violence against Indigenous women and girls and to make recommendations for effective action.
In September 2016, Alberta formally granted the Inquiry's commissioners the authority to examine areas of provincial jurisdiction.
As the Inquiry conducts its work, the Alberta’s Victims Services Family Information Liaison Unit has been established with a $1.5 million grant from the federal government to support families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls during the Inquiry.
This unit is a single point of contact for families to locate:
- information about the mandate of National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
- justice system and legal process information including updates on criminal investigations, court proceedings and fatality inquiries involving loved ones
- connections with counselling, spiritual support and Elders
- information about a loved one who is missing and / or murdered in another jurisdiction, through Family Information Liaison Units in other provinces and territories
The Government of Alberta looks forward to receiving the National Inquiry’s final report and recommendations.
Alberta is committed to working with Indigenous women and other partners to develop local solutions so that Indigenous women and girls in the province see a future for themselves in which they feel safe and valued.
The government has also taken the following actions in Alberta aimed at violence prevention, safety promotion and research:
- partnered with the Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association in the Moose Hide Campaign and I Am a Kind Man initiatives that engage men and boys in eliminating violence towards Indigenous women and girls
- established the Ministry of the Status of Women in 2015, which contains a specialized violence against women and girls prevention unit
- enacted the Residential Tenancies (Safer Spaces for Victims of Domestic Violence) Amendment Act to allow for the termination of a tenancy without financial penalty if safety is at risk
- provides Family and Community Safety Grants to fund local initiatives that address gender-based violence in communities across Alberta
- supports various initiatives that provide leadership development / empowerment to Indigenous communities
- increased government funding for women’s shelters
Indigenous Relations supports academic research that informs better policy and decision-making about programs and services for Indigenous women.
This University of Lethbridge report is an analysis of public perceptions of Indigenous women and the power of narratives. The report examines how the larger, general population often perceives Indigenous women differently from how Indigenous women see themselves.
To connect with Indigenous Relations:
Address for Indigenous Relations mail / courier:
19th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 102 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4G8