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Faculty Sponsor

Marisol R. Marcin

Abstract

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) crisis is a human rights crisis that demands swift and concrete action from the Canadian government. Indigenous women and girls in the United States and Canada are disproportionately affected by violence due to racist, white supremacist, colonialist values ingrained in society and the federal government. This paper looks into the findings of Canada’s 2016 National Inquiry into the MMIWG crisis and determines the progress that the Canadian government has made toward ending the crisis. The paper concludes that the Canadian government has used the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse for delayed action and their programs will take years, even decades to be implemented considering the pace of the National Inquiry. If the Inquiry’s Calls to Action are met with inadequate solutions implemented for optics, Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people will continue to be taken from their families and communities. The next few years will reveal whether the National Inquiry was a political ploy to temporarily appease the public, or a genuine effort to end this severe human rights crisis.

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