Call to Action # 41: Actions and Commitments

Government Commitments to Preventing Violence Against Indigenous Women

August 3, 2016


“Walking Together: Ontario’s Long-Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women“

Walking Together: Ontario’s Long-Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women“. Main focus areas: Support for:

  • Children, youth and families: $80M over 3 years
  • Community safety and healing: 15.75M over 3 years
  • Policing and justice: $2.32M over 3 years
  • Prevention and awareness: $1.15M over 3 years
  • Leadership, Collaboration, Alignment and Accountability: $500K over 3 years
  • Improved Data and Research: $750K over 3 years

March 12, 2020


2020-21 Budget investments

$200M over 5 yrs

Investments from Quebec’s 2020-21 budget to implement initiatives that will support Indigenous women and girls and improve access to services that are culturally adapted and thus meet the needs of Indigenous people. The Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec (RCAAQ) believes  that the Government of Québec will consider the observations presented in the report of the “Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous peoples and certain public services” regarding piecemeal and discontinuous government actions. “The Native Friendship Centres play a key role in Indigenous wellness. It is our hope that, with this budget, the current administration will continue to recognize existing inequalities and the need to create and consolidate front-line services in the Friendship Centres to meet our members’ needs.”

January 31, 2020

Inuit Nunangat

Addressing Gendered Violence against Inuit Women: A review of police policies and practices in Inuit Nunangat

Addressing Gendered Violence against Inuit Women: A review of police policies and practices in Inuit Nunangat

Pauktuutit Inuit Women Canada and Dr. Elizabeth Comack Department of Sociology and Criminology University of Manitoba examined the role of policing behind the following statistics around Inuit women in Inuit Nunangat:

Violent crime = 13 x higher than national average

Sexual assault = 12 x higher than prov./terr. average

The report issued recommendations in the following areas:

  • Culturally competent policing
  • Inuit Advisory Committee
  • Trauma-informed policing
  • Vicarious trauma
  • Gender-based Violence Training
  • Gender-based Policing Protocols
  • Female Officers
  • Gendered Violence Prevention Liaison
  • Community Integration
  • Duration of Postings
  • Inuit Civilian Positions
  • Police Accessibility
  • Community Education
  • Community Engagement
  • Federal Government Responsibilities

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada and the RCMP Commissioner meet to discuss police practices relating to Inuit women

July 30, 2018

Fed. Govt.

Addressing the Economic Security and Prosperity of Indigenous Women

 $4.3M: $350K Regional; $500K National

Proposed projects will engage women and a range of community partners in working together to create lasting change to improve economic conditions for Indigenous women. Projects will:

  • Identify issues, strengths and opportunities affecting Indigenous women’s economic security and prosperity;
  • Expand community understanding of these issues, strengths and opportunities; 
  • Take action, together with partners, to identify effective, community-specific mechanisms and solutions; and
  • Implement these solutions

March 26, 2018


Affordable Housing Agreement


Support the construction and renovation of off-reserve shelters and transitional housing for families fleeing family violence. Includes $1.9M for Mountain Rose Women’s Shelter to increase capacity

Joint Working Group on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

The Alberta government has appointed three Indigenous community members and three members of the legislative assembly to inform a government action plan that responds to the calls for justice of the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The joint working group will support the government’s actions by:

  • Advising on options to address issues of violence and the calls for justice.
  • Making recommendations on how to work with Indigenous communities, other governments and the private sector to leverage actions to combat violence against Indigenous women and girls.

Providing input and making recommendations on the government’s action plan.

June 15, 2020


Anti-Human Trafficking Community Supports Fund

Anti-Human Trafficking Community Supports Fund

$46M over 5 years to increase community-based and Indigenous-specific supports for child and youth victims of sex trafficking. The Fund will prioritize early intervention and increased protection for victims of sexual exploitation and dedicated survivor supports. focus on areas such as:

  • Trauma-informed programming developed and delivered by survivor-led organizations,
  • Dedicated services for victims under age 18, including residential placements and treatment, peer mentoring, as well as education and employment training programs;
  • Culturally-appropriate, Indigenous-designed supports for First Nations, Inuit and Métis victims, families and communities;
  • Targeted supports for sexually exploited boys, individuals with developmental disabilities, LGBTQ2S individuals, and racialized and newcomer populations;
  • Specialized programs for children and youth involved in or transitioning out of child welfare or the youth justice system.

July 8, 2020


Appointment of Crown Attorney dedicated to prosecuting human trafficking offenses

Senior Crown Attorney Ms. Josie McKinney, the first Crown attorney dedicated to the prosecution of human trafficking offences is Mi’kmaq and Maliseet and an alumna of the Indigenous Black and Mi’kmaq Initiative at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

August 17, 2018


Aug 17, 2018

Building Understanding: Strengthening Lives

$291,243 from the Status of Women Canada.

Newfoundland Aboriginal Women’s Network Inc. is receiving funding for a 36-month project focused on increasing Indigenous women’s reporting of domestic violence, and improving access to culturally-relevant support services within the island portion of Newfoundland and Labrador.

June 19, 2020


Calls for Justice. MMIWG. A Preliminary Status Report for the Government of PEI

Release of “Calls for Justice. MMIWG. A Preliminary Status Report for the Government of PEI” by the PEI Government with updates in actions taken in response to Calls to Justice in:

  • Human and Indigenous Rights and Governmental Obligations (4)
  • Culture (6)
  • Health and Wellness (12)
  • Human Security (13)
  • Justice (30)
  • Education (6)
  • Social Work and Child Welfare (8) and murdered indigenous women and girls status report.pdf

October 2, 2020

Fed. Govt.

COVID-19 funding

Federal Government announced $50M in COVID-19 related funding including for up to $10 million to support organizations providing services related to gender-based violence to Indigenous people off-reserve

December 8, 2017


Dec 8, 2017

Ministers Committee on Violence Against Women and Girls

The top justice issues identified by participants were:

  • Education and training for justice professionals;
  • More resources for Indigenous communities;
  • Restorative Justice, including adequate programming for offenders to end cycle of violence; and
  • Re-victimization of individuals at various stages of the justice system, including victim blaming and fear of children being removed from home.

July 14, 2020

Inuit Nunangat

Discussion os MOU betweejn RCMP and Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada

NationTalk – President Rebecca Kudloo and RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki discussed police practices as they relate to Inuit women, and the possibility of creating an MOU between Pauktuutit and the RCMP. Brian Brennan, RCMP Deputy Commissioner of Contract and Indigenous Policing, also took part in the conference call. Specifically, Commissioner Lucki expressed her support for the Inuit-specific Calls for Justice, as outlined in the 2019 MMIWG report, as well as the importance of investing in related community supports, such as access to emergency shelters and mental health services. She also spoke about the RCMP’s current work in recruiting and training a much greater number of Inuit police officers.

March 26, 2018


First Nations Forum on Sexual Assault

128 delegates from First Nations across the province of Québec. Organized in partnership by Québec Native Women (QNW) and the First Nations of Québec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC), the objective of this forum is to define an action plan to fight the cycle of sexual violence within First Nations by supporting both victims and aggressors in their healing journey. In a spirit of respect for our cultures, our action plan focuses on four main objectives:

  • better access to services
  • improved collaboration between all local and regional partners
  • mobilization of all the First Nations people to break the cycle of sexual violence, and
  • a consolidation of tools and mechanisms needed to break this cycle in a safe and sustainable way

July 30, 2018


Funding for Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan

Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan


Develop an Indigenous Women’s Economic Framework with local business and economic partners.

Prince Albert Métis Womans Association

March 6, 2020


Funding for Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy

$307M over 5 years

A new, comprehensive five-year strategy to combat human trafficking and end child sexual exploitation across the province through a proactive, comprehensive action plan focused on four key areas:

  • Raising awareness of the issue by launching a new, province-wide marketing campaign to educate children, youth, parents, and the broader public about what human trafficking is, how to recognize the signs, and where to get help.
  • Holding offenders accountable by giving law enforcement more specialized Crown prosecution support for human trafficking cases, strengthening intelligence gathering in the correctional system, and investing in police services to help coordinate anti-human trafficking investigations and expand the Ontario Provincial Police Child Sexual Exploitation Unit.
  • Protecting victims and intervening early by investing in specialized intervention teams involving police and child protection services, incorporating human trafficking awareness into the education curriculum, and establishing dedicated, licensed residences to support victims, including those under the age of 16.
  • Supporting survivors by investing new funding in wrap-around, community-based supports and Indigenous-led initiatives to make more services available for survivors and by enhancing victim services to assist survivors throughout the court process.

To address the needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and organizations, and frontline workers, Indigenous-specific initiatives are integrated throughout Ontario’s new strategy. Examples of these initiatives include targeted public awareness activities, Indigenous-led community-based supports for survivors such as counselling, cultural teachings and healing ceremonies, victim services delivered by Indigenous communities and organizations, and culturally-appropriate supports for at-risk youth.

January 26, 2021

Fed. Govt.

Funding for Inuit women shelters across Inuit Nunangat

Today, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, along with the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, committed to fund the construction and operations of shelters for Inuit women and children across Inuit Nunangat as well as in urban centres. Funding for the new shelters will be part of the $724.1 million for a comprehensive Violence Prevention Strategy as announced in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement.

Indigenous Services Canada and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) will continue to work with Pauktuutit and other Inuit partners to determine the locations and define the details of the projects to best meet the needs of women and families seeking shelter.

January 26, 2021

Inuit Nunangat

Funding for women and children shelters across Inuit Nunangat

Government is committed fund the construction and operations of shelters for Inuit women and children across Inuit Nunangat as well as in urban centres. Funding for the new shelters will be part of the $724.1 million for a comprehensive Violence Prevention Strategy as announced in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement. The government will continue to work with Pauktuutit and other Inuit partners to determine the locations and define the details of the projects to best meet the needs of women and families seeking shelter.

December 16, 2021


Funding Increase

CISION – Québec government is increasing the funding for the 2021-2022 call for projects – Sexual, domestic and family violence in Indigenous contexts by $6 million. This raises the total investment for this initiative from $5.4 million to $11.4 million. Launched last August, this call for projects has four objectives:
1. Prevent and counter sexual violence, including sexual assault and sexual exploitation, in Indigenous contexts
2. Prevent and counter domestic and family violence in Indigenous contexts
3. Develop culturally relevant responses that provide a sense of security in dealing with the issues of sexual, domestic and family violence and that include women, men and the Indigenous population as a whole
4. Create structured partnerships between governments and Indigenous organizations, intended to prevent and counter sexual, domestic and family violence in Indigenous contexts

December 4, 2020


Funding to adapt police intervention towards victims of domestic violence

$18M funding to finance a set of measures intended to better adapt police intervention to the realities of Indigenous communities, in particular when it comes to women who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. Funding includes:

  • $1.2M to combat the sexual exploitation of Indigenous women and girls and countering all forms of sexual violence
  • $4M to improve the training of Indigenous police officers to be better equipped when intervening in situations of domestic violence or sexual assault.
  • $3.8M giving them access to the services offered by the Québec’s police school. 
  • Provide Indigenous police forces with liaison officers responsible for helping them better manage cases of sexual assault and to better inform victims of their rights in the event of legal recourse
  • Training on the reality Indigenous people experience in Québec will be designed and offered to correctional service officers, so that they have a better understanding of them. 

June 3, 2021


Funding to address domestic violence

$28.5M over 5 years for programs to address domestic violence:

  • $10 million has been allocated to help support prevention and intervention services in the field of domestic and family violence in Nunavik.
  • $9.8 million will be made available to Indigenous police forces to meet specific needs connected with domestic and family violence
  • $6 million for the implementation of the recommendations made by the Viens Commission and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls to support local, culturally relevant services to assist Indigenous men and women, and their close relatives, in the healing process.

December 10, 2020


Funding to ONWA to develop and expand Aakode’ewin – Courage for Change Program

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services announced funding to be used by the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) to further develop and expand the Aakode’ewin – Courage for Change Program across Ontario, addressing the unique needs of the disproportionate numbers of Indigenous women, youth and girls affected by human trafficking. 

The program supports Indigenous women and girls at risk, currently involved in, or a survivor of human trafficking. It will focus specifically on exploited youth to get them the services and tools they need to exit. The program offers support in a variety of ways, including 24/7 crisis response, harm reduction and safety planning, 1-1 support with referrals to healthcare, counselling and addiction services, and programming focused on capacity building, empowerment and culturally specific healing. Through a multi-sector approach, care and services are provided in a trauma-informed anti-oppressive way, ensuring integration of culture-based practices and mainstream supports.

Other programs:

  • Programs for children aged 12 to 18 at the Roberts – Smart Centre in Ottawa that provide mental health supports, residential services, life skills training and mentorship.
  • A survivor-led peer mentoring and day program for children and youth at BridgeNorth in Newmarket, which provides supports from early intervention through to stabilization, transition and reintegration.

The creation of a mobile team at Timmins and Area Women in Crisis, which will travel to five remote and 11 rural First Nation communities in the region, providing culturally appropriate and survivor-led programming in preferred languages for vulnerable and underserviced Indigenous communities

July 30, 2018


Funding to reduce barriers affecting Indigenous women


Identify and respond to barriers affecting the economic security of vulnerable women in Central and Northern Saskatchewan using research, best practices and capacity building.

February 20, 2020


Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation

$1.4M per yr over 5 yrs

  • Investing more into programs, services and supports that will raise awareness, prevention and directly help victims and survivors, with an added focus on Mi’kmaw and African Nova Scotian communities.
  • hire family and victim support navigators for Halifax Regional Municipality, Cape Breton Regional Municipality and the South Shore. These navigator roles will provide additional support to African Nova Scotian and Indigenous victims and survivors
  • provide funding to hire a new Crown prosecutor dedicated to prosecuting human trafficking cases and for specialized training for Crown prosecutors on human trafficking issues
  • designate six province-wide positions from the Additional Officer Program as dedicated investigators in the areas of gender-based violence, specifically domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking investigators
  • the province will also provide funding to re-open the Jane Paul Indigenous Women’s Resource Centre

August 23, 2018


Increasing Private Sector Leadership and Investments in Women Experiencing Violence


Funding from Status of Women Canada for a project

that will increase women’s economic security. This 36-month project will help increase the economic security of women who have experienced domestic violence by providing opportunities for sustainable employment by engaging key stakeholders in the development of an action plan to address barriers faced by women fleeing situations of violence. The main activities include a needs assessment to determine the scope of the issue and the creation of an action plan to develop new business policies and procedures that include accommodation options for women fleeing violence. The project will also pilot the implementation of such options through work experiences for women and provide an evaluation of the initiative.

April 2, 2019


Indigenous Missing Person’s Helpline

Indigenous Missing Person’s Helpline

A new helpline will assist families and friends of missing Indigenous people in New Brunswick navigate police, media and justice systems in an effort to find their loved ones and bring them home safely. The helpline is the latest resource developed in a collaboration between UNB law professor Dr. Jula Hughes, the New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council and Gignoo Transition House. The project, “Looking out for each other: Assisting Aboriginal families and communities when an Aboriginal woman goes missing,” is seeking ways to prevent victimization and improve outcomes for missing Indigenous people including women, girls and sexual and gender minorities in Eastern Canada.

January 10, 2022


Indigenous Violence Prevention Grants Program

The program supports Newfoundland and Labrador’s Indigenous governments and organizations in their efforts to prevent violence against Indigenous women and children and to engage Indigenous men and boys in the prevention of violence. $241,500 for 14 projects
Projects eligible to receive funding through the program include initiatives focused on:
• developing public awareness and education materials;
• providing violence prevention training for community members and service providers;
• improving programs and services at shelters for Indigenous women; and
• supporting the transmission of cultural knowledge and language with the objective of reducing violence.

February 22, 2017


Introduction of the Anti-Human Trafficking Act

The Anti-Human Trafficking Act

Introducing the Anti-Human Trafficking Act, which, if passed, would enable individuals to apply for restraining orders against human traffickers and make it easier for survivors to get compensation from those who trafficked them.

August 24, 2020


investments in Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy

$7.65M over 5 years as part of the Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy. Funding for specialized services to support human trafficking victims and survivors as part of the government’s comprehensive anti-human trafficking strategy. A portion of this funding will be directed to Victim Services Toronto, Victim Services of York Region and the province’s other Victim Crisis Assistance Ontario organizations. Programs include

  • Victim Quick Response Program+ 
  • Victim Crisis Assistance Ontario
  • Vulnerable Victims and Family Fund

February 23, 2016


Investments in Walking Together: Ontario’s Long-Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women.

Walking Together: Ontario’s Long-Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women.

$110M over 3 years

Main focus areas: Support for children, youth and families, Community safety and healing, Policing and justice, Prevention and awareness

Providing more than 200 Indigenous communities with supports and services through the Family Well-Being program, which includes hiring and training more front-line service workers, developing community-based programming and creating safe spaces.

Expanding Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin: I Am a Kind Man, from five to 26 sites across Ontario to support Indigenous men through healing and violence prevention programming.

June 3, 2021


Investments to advance Calls to Justice

The Abegweit and Lennox Island First Nations and Indigenous organizations will each receive financial support to advance the important work from the Calls to Justice of the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). The Indigenous Relations Secretariat will provide annually a total of $250,000, $50,000 to each organization, to help increase their capacity to meaningfully engage their communities on MMIWG priority areas. The advice provided back to the Province will inform future government initiatives to support Indigenous peoples in Prince Edward Island. The Province formed the MMIWG Indigenous Working Group in 2020 with government officials as well as representatives from the Lennox Island and Abegweit First Nations and Indigenous organizations to identify and prioritize work that can respond to the local Calls to Justice. As of 2021, the four priority areas include education, health, housing, and capacity funding for the Indigenous led MMIWG work.

December 21, 2016


Mandate of Viens Commission

Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress

Mandate will be to investigate more broadly the discrimination in the administration of public services towards the members of the Indigenous Peoples of Québec. The following public services are targeted: police, correctional, legal, health and social services, as well as youth protection services.

March 11, 2020


Mar 11, 2020

Moose Hide Campaign

Announcement that the House of Assembly is participating in the Moose Hide Campaign (MHC) today. The campaign – launched in 2011 – is an Indigenous-led initiative of men and boys who are standing up against violence towards women and children. This is the third year for the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly to participate in the MHC.

March 5, 2018

Fed. Govt.

Matrimonial Real Property Implementation Support Program

Annual since 2013, $ 3M per year. Renewed 2018-20

Created to protect Indigenous women living on reserves in cases where a relationship ended and property division was required. This investment will allow for continued initiatives for safer environments and opportunities for Indigenous women.

May 28, 2017


May 28, 2017

Quebéc Native Women Open call for Indigenous women to participate in the Public Inquiry that starts in Val D’Or on June 5, 2017

May 29, 2019


Minister’s Advisory Council on Indigenous Women’s “Giving Voice Program”

Minister’s Advisory Council on Indigenous Women’s (MACIW) Giving Voice Program

$689K over 2 yrs. Grants from $2.5K-$16K

The Province is supporting Indigenous communities and organizations to end gender-based violence through 48 unique community-driven projects that support, teach and celebrate Indigenous women throughout B.C. This year’s projects include traditional activities like knowledge workshops and healing circles. It also includes more community-focused projects, such as monthly dinners, guided community dialogues, cultural retreats and workshops on healthy masculinity.

July 29, 2020

Fed. Govt.

National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking

Funds are to support victims and survivors of human trafficking. $14 million will be distributed by Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) and $5 million through Public Safety Canada.  WAGE’s call for proposals will support organizations that work to prevent and address human trafficking to develop and implement promising practices to enhance empowerment supports for at-risk populations and survivors of human trafficking. The call will remain open until September 4, 2020.

The funding available through Public Safety Canada will support two initiatives. The first is for projects that seek to empower victims and survivors of human trafficking through the provision of supports and services that are trauma-informed and culturally relevant. The second is for pilot projects to establish and test best practices to raise awareness of human trafficking among at-risk youth. The call will remain open until September 4, 2020.

February 22, 2021


New legislation and amendments to Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy

New legislation and amendments to existing legislation to build upon the province’s $307 million Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy.

The proposed changes include two new acts – the Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy Act, 2021 and the Accommodation Sector Registration of Guests Act, 2021 – as well as amendments to the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017 and the Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking Act, 2017. Together, the proposed changes would support the government’s response to human trafficking by:

  • Supporting a long-term provincial response to human trafficking and emphasizing that all Ontarians have a role to play in combatting human trafficking;
  • Strengthening the ability of children’s aid societies and law enforcement to protect exploited children;
  • Supporting more survivors and the people who support them in obtaining restraining orders against traffickers, with specific consideration for Indigenous survivors;
  • Increasing the government’s ability to collect non-personal data to better understand the impact of the strategy and respond to human trafficking;
  • Providing law enforcement with more tools to locate victims and charge traffickers by:
    • Increasing penalties for traffickers who interfere with a child in the care of a children’s aid society;
    • Clarifying how and when police services can access information from hotel guest registries to help deter trafficking and identify and locate victims, while establishing regulation making authority to include other types of accommodation providers.
    • Requiring companies that advertise sexual services to have a dedicated contact to support investigations into suspected human trafficking.

August 31, 2020


New Tools to Prevent Human Trafficking

New Tools to Prevent Human Trafficking– The new tools are designed to provide innovative ways to actively engage youth in discussions about human trafficking and provide culturally-specific resources for Indigenous communities. They respond directly to needs identified by frontline service providers, survivors of human trafficking and Indigenous communities and organizations.

  • “Speak Out: Stop Sex Trafficking” is an Indigenous-focused anti-human trafficking educational campaign, designed by and for Indigenous people, that provides information about sexual exploitation and human trafficking – how to recognize it, why Indigenous people may be particularly vulnerable to being targeted and where to go for help. Resources include a website, downloadable materials for distribution in communities, and culturally relevant activities to help leaders and caregivers facilitate conversations with youth, to raise awareness and provide support.
  • “The Trap” is a Human Trafficking Digital Education Tool designed to raise awareness about sex trafficking among middle and high school-aged children and teens. The interactive tool allows youth to experience what it feels like to be targeted and recruited by a sex trafficker through an immersive chat experience. It features scenarios based on real-life experiences and with the support of an adult facilitator, youth learn the skills they need to stay safe.

The tools released today complement Ontario’s updated Health and Physical Education curriculum for grades 1-8 implemented last September.

May 29, 2019



The report, funded in collaboration with the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues, provides a pathway for new collaborative and integrated working relationships in Ontario. ONWA has developed 14 recommendations, which ONWA proposes to implement through a six-part strategy rooted in relationships and collaboration:


  • Survivor- centred and survivor informed services that are culture and gender based and delivered in a trauma-informed approach.
  • Prevention through education, training and public awareness campaigns, both in print and in person, targeting those who are most at risk and those who can respond first to the signs, namely peers, parents and educators.
  • Access to safe and respectful spaces at service delivery agencies that offer women only programming so women can speak openly and without fear about their experiences.
  • Core supports for transitioning to a new life, including emergency funding for immediate relocation, which is delivered in an expedient and efficient manner to ensure women and girls have no wait times to safety.
  • Evidence-based policy and system reform informed by survivor expertise and the successful extraction of Indigenous women by ONWAs multi-partner collaborative network that works across government, disciplines and professions.
  • Streamlined supports offered through a barrier free simplified process.

May 27, 2021


Pathways to Safety: Ontario’s Strategy in Response to the Final Report of the MMIWG National Inquiry

The province has released a strategy developed in collaboration with Indigenous partners that reinforces Ontario’s commitment to act on the Calls for Justice in the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls…including the need for better access to stable housing, health care, education and employment. Pathways to Safety: Ontario’s Strategy in Response to the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls includes 118 initiatives organized under six pathways that will help create the changes required to eliminate the root causes of violence and advance meaningful reconciliation.

The Pathways for Action are:

  • Pathway to Security – Initiatives that promote safety, healing and wellness through prevention-focused resources, investments and programs, such as access to safe and affordable housing.
  • Pathway to Culture – initiatives supporting the education, training, employment and revitalization of Indigenous languages, cultures and identities.
  • Pathway to Health – initiatives that will promote safety and improve access to services including mental health supports for Indigenous women, children and justice-involved youth.
  • Pathway to Justice – initiatives that will contribute to system-wide transformation in priority sectors including policing services and child welfare.
  • Pathway to Responsibility and Accountability – principles that will be upheld to promote ongoing government accountability in collaboration with the Indigenous Women’s Advisory Council and Indigenous organizations.
  • Pathway to Identifying and Addressing Systemic Anti-Indigenous Racism and Indigenous Gender-based Analysis – initiatives that focus on addressing anti-Indigenous racism and developing an Indigenous gender-based analysis approach to inform Ontario’s strategy.

As part of Ontario’s strategy, the mandate of the Indigenous Women’s Advisory Council has been extended beyond March 2022. This will ensure that Indigenous voices continue to drive the strategy’s priorities and help build on the province’s progress to date in responding to violence against Indigenous women, children and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people.


January 27, 2021

Inuit Nunangat

Pinasuqatigiinniq (Inuit for working together collaboratively) Agreement”

NationTalk – “Pinasuqatigiinniq (Inuit for working together collaboratively) Agreement” between Pauktuutit Inuit Women Canada and the RCMP MOU. The agreement formalizes the two organizations’ working relationship, and improves the protection and safety of Inuit women, children and gender-diverse persons. The agreement commits each organization to working together towards implementing recommendations from Pauktuutit’s 2020 report, “Addressing Gendered Violence against Inuit Women: A review of police policies and practices in Inuit Nunangat”.

As the first step in this historic agreement, the RCMP and Pauktuutit are implementing a work plan that includes reviewing the RCMP’s cultural competency training, establishing a family violence coordinator in Nunavut (RCMP V Division), and consulting with Inuit women on the RCMP’s Body-Worn Cameras pilot project in Iqaluit. Pauktuutit and the RCMP are committed to sharing information and working together on emerging issues. Regular meetings will occur between the two organizations’ national leadership, as well as with RCMP Commanding Officers in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Newfoundland and Labrador

October 1, 2018


Progress Report on Minister’s Committee on Violence Against Woman and Girls

The steering committee has met five times since forming in April. Through these meetings the committee has identified a number of priority issues including, but not limited to examining:

  • the application of Emergency Protection Orders (EPOs);
  • alternative means to encourage higher rates of reporting sexual and intimate partner violence, such as third party or anonymous reporting; and
  • enhanced mechanisms to monitor and deter perpetrators of intimate partner violence.

October 23, 2017


Québec Native Women lose government funding

Announces that it will no longer be represented by its lawyers at the hearings of the Public Inquiry Commission due to financial realities limiting the organization’s access to legal expertise and the continued refusal of funding bodies in the Quebec government to ensure their access to legal representation.

January 27, 2021

Fed. Govt., Inuit Nunangat

RCMP Vison 150

NationTalk – As part of the RCMP’s Vision 150 modernization strategy and reconciliation efforts, the RCMP is entering into agreements with women’s National Indigenous Organizations to develop collaborative, community-driven and culturally sensitive crime prevention, violence reduction and training initiatives. Through funding provided by the Government of Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence, the RCMP developed two courses for RCMP employees on how to use a trauma-informed approach when conducting investigations, as well as helping employees better understand the impacts of culture and personal identity on actions, perceptions, interactions and experiences.

March 6, 2020


Re-organization of MMIWG Investigations

The Winnipeg Police Service will be consolidating its approach to MMIWG. The new model will see a coordination of resources from the Homicide Unit, the Counter Exploitation Unit, the Missing Persons Unit, and the Internet Child Exploitation Unit.

These Units form part of the Investigations Branch of the WPS under the direction and oversight of a Deputy Chief and Superintendent. Each of these units is directly supervised by experienced sergeants with a mandate to readily coordinate and rapidly transition investigations involving the exploitation of Indigenous women and girls, including missing persons investigations and homicide investigations.

January 27, 2021


Researchers report on how Montréal police responded to crisis of MMIWG

NationTalk – A team of researchers from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) have collaborated with Quebec Native Women to examine how the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) responded to the crisis of MMIWG in Montreal?

From these potential solutions, several concrete actions have been identified and these must be undertaken by the SPVM in order to improve its response to MMIWG in Montreal:

  1. The SPVM must put forth an approach that is clear, coherent, that recognizes the binding nature of the 2015 Agreement and denotes a sincere and systematic engagement on behalf of the institution.
  2. The SPVM must implement a system that permits data analysis and the development of follow-up indicators regarding racial profiling.
  3. The SPVM must develop a model of protocols specific to all cases of MMIWG and applicable to any and all interventions with Indigenous women and girls.
  4. The SPVM must explore methods that are culturally safe and relevant in an effort to build cooperation, a culture of partnership and to establish a relationship of trust with Indigenous people.
  5. The concept of absolute equality and the different shapes that it can take when applied within the context of police intervention, must be mastered by all members of the SPVM.
  6. The SPVM must develop an Indigenous liaison team, with adequate Aboriginal representation amongst its members, to effectively distribute the responsibilities and workload amongst several persons.
  7. A working task force that involves the SPVM as well as other Indigenous organisations based in Montreal, such as Quebec Native Women, must be created without delay.
  8. Continued financial support for Indigenous organisations in Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal must be committed and ensured.

August 10, 2018


Special unit created to investigate Indigenous complaints against police

Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes (BEI)

CISION – Québec Ministry of Public Security confirming the establishment of a special unit, including certain additional measures, within the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes (BEI), which function will be to investigate any complaint alleging criminal acts towards a First Nation member committed by a police officer in Québec. These new measures will come into force on September 17, 2018

May 24, 2018

Fed. Govt.

Status of Women Canada creates an Indigenous Women’s Circle

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, met with the newly created Indigenous Women’s Circle today to discuss ways of addressing systemic inequalities that disproportionately impact Indigenous women and girls. The Circle will have an advisory role for a two-year term and provide an opportunity for Status of Women Canada to consult with leaders in Indigenous communities on the challenges they face and their priorities for the Government of Canada related to advancing gender equality.

February 18, 2022


Taking action to address Pillar 4 of national plan to prevent gender-based violence

Pillar 4: National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence

Taking action toward addressing Pillar 4 of the national plan was a central topic of discussion at the recent federal-provincial-territorial ministers’ meeting,” said Families Minister Rochelle Squires. The 39th Annual Meeting of Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Ministers responsible for the Status of Women was held virtually in December 2021. The meeting was subsequent to the group’s initial meeting that produced the Joint Declaration for a Canada Free of Gender-Based Violence. The declaration included the shared vision, common goals, principles and pillars for joint action in the development of the Gender-Based Violence National Action Plan, on which the draft plan was to be developed. The ministers will reconvene in July 2022.

Addressing and preventing gender-based violence is a priority for Manitoba with a continued commitment to work with Indigenous leadership and communities to prevent and combat gender-based violence of all forms. The Status for Women Secretariat, working in collaboration with the Department Indigenous Reconciliation and Northern Relations, will create a discussion guide and co-ordinate the engagement process with Indigenous community leaders, noted the minister.

October 9, 2019


Talk4Healing Helpline by Indigenous Women for Indigenous Women 

Talk4Healing Helpline by Indigenous Women for Indigenous Women 

Launched on October 19, 2012, Talk4Healing is a 24-hr. helpline for Indigenous women, by Indigenous women’, offering services in 14 Indigenous languages as well as English. The expansion of the helpline that promotes the mental health and well-being of Indigenous women is supported by funding from the Provincial Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.

Currently available only in northern Ontario communities with this expansion Talk4Healing will now be available throughout the province with telephone, text and chat services available to over 129,000 Indigenous women. With this expansion Talk4Healing will increase their call intake capacity ten-fold. Helpline services will continue to be provided by operating partner, Beendingen.

Journey to Safe SPACES: Indigenous Anti- Human Trafficking Engagement ReportOntario Native Women’s Association

August 24, 2018


The Clean Environment Commission Report

Included cases of sexual abuse, physical abuse and the RCMPs failure to take the complaints of Indigenous women seriously. These allegations highlight the past and present connections between the energy industry, policing, and the ongoing epidemic of violence against Indigenous women in Canada. This is especially evident in resource heavy regions like Manitoba. NWAC calls on Manitoba Hydro and the RCMP to take responsibility for their neglect and active participation in the exploitation and abuse of Indigenous women involved in these cases. Additionally, to ensure accountability, Manitoba Hydro and the RCMP must submit to a collaborative review of their current process.

This is to prevent the continuation of violence, to recognize their failures and to acknowledge how these failures continue to impact Indigenous women today.

February 28, 2017


The Indigenous Anti-Human Trafficking Liaisons Program

Launching with the Ontario Native Women’s Association to support Indigenous-led approaches to end human trafficking. Through the liaison program, ONWA will continue to work with its Indigenous partners to: 

  • Support Indigenous communities in providing survivor-focused and localized responses to human trafficking
  • Provide advice, training and capacity-building to Indigenous and non-Indigenous service providers 
  • Contribute to the design, development and implementation of an Indigenous-Led Initiatives Fund
  • Identify trends and targeted populations, as well as gaps in existing services.

Supporting indigenous-led approaches to end human trafficking is one of many steps on Ontario’s journey of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

December 3, 2021


Tracking Bracelets

Québec Native Women – Recommendations on making tracking bracelet for offenders and victim of domestic violence more effective for Indigenous women:
• How will it work in small communities where offender and victim live in close proximity
• How can it be adjusted to work in communities with poor cellular coverage
• How will police re-establish trust in communities

Other Actions and Commitments By Theme

The Path Forward: Reclaiming Power and Place

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Federal and Provincial Justice Inquiries

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Indigenous Responses to MMIWG Final Report

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ONWA: Reconciliation with Indig. Women

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AFN Breathing Life into Calls for Justice Action Plan

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Reclaiming Power and Place. MMIWG Final Report

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MMIWG Interim Report and Govt. Response

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