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Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG)

In 2014, a joint working committee was formed consisting of members of the N'Swakamok Native Friendship Centre and the Greater Sudbury Police Service under the direction and support Executive Director Marie Meawasige and Chief Paul Pedersen.. The purpose of the committee was to develop community based strategies to help address and bring awareness to "Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls" a strategy that has brought Ontario and Indigenous communities together to end the cycle of violence and ensure future generations of Indigenous women can live the way they deserve -- with safety and respect. In Sudbury, although there have not been any unsolved cases of MMIWG we are working together to prevent such incidents. To assist with their work, the committee wrote a proposal for funding through the Federal Government's Justice Canada Fund that would provide for the recruitment of a paid coordinator for a two year period.

 In March 2016, the Department of Justice Canada announced funding for Sudbury's "Looking Ahead to Build the Spirit of Our Women - Learning to Live Free From Violence" project. Greater Sudbury Police Service and N'Swakamok Native Friendship Centre are now working proactively to address violence against women and to develop strategies to address the issue.

Lisa Osawamick is the Aboriginal Women Violence Prevention Coordinator (AWVPC) and will be responsible for implementing community based strategies looking at the prevention and the education of historical and current violence that affects aboriginal women and girls today.

The work of the AWVPC will also aim at developing a proactive approach to help prevent aboriginal female youth from entering high risk situations and to improve the police services response to such incidents.

We have developed a strategy released in May of 2017 that documents our research and outcomes that can be used by any service provider. The Project's success and strategy is only achieved from listening to our community feedback through consultations and the grassroots efforts of our helpers to prevent violence and having Indigenous women become another Missing and Murdered Indigenous Woman or Girl in our community. We all play a role to make our community safer.  

On the 29th and 30th of November 2017, the "Looking Ahead to Build the Spirit of Our Women - Learning to Live Free From Violence" project and 

conference organizing committee will be hosting a MMIWG Conference, please contact Lisa Osawamick or (705) 929-4947 for more information.

Tentative Agenda Items-Subject To Change- 


Day 1

Agenda items:

  • Registration
  • Welcome from Committee by Emcee Ryan McMahon / Opening Prayer by Nokomis Gloria Oshkabewisens and Mishomis Ron McGregor
  • Roles and Responsibilities for Women by Nokomis Gloria Oshkabewisens
  • Launching of Honour Song- Christine Agawa
  • Keynote address-Katherine McCarthy
  • Darlene Naponse MMIWG Film
  • Panel of Violence Survivors
  • Panel-Healing from Trauma
  • Workshop with Barb Nolan-Healing Through Laughter
  • Maggie Cywink - Indigenous Women's Healing Journey Model
  • Nokomis Martina Osawamick- Grieving and the Seven Grandfathers

Day 2

  • Opening Prayer by Nokomis Gloria Oshkabewisens and Mishomis Ron McGregor
  • Roles and Responsibilities for Men by Mishomis Ron McGregor
  • Workshop-Violence Prevention-Human Trafficking- GSPS
  • Workshop-#NotForSale-Treaty Three Police Service
  • Dr. Joey Lynn Wabie-Women's Berry Fasting Teachings
  • Juliette Wemigwans and the Family Information Liaison Unit
  • Sarah Gartshore MMIWG play
  • Looking Ahead Project
  • Workshop- Understanding the ways Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls are framed and handled by social and traditional media users.(Preliminary Key/Phase 1) with Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek and Dr. Taima Moeke Pickering
  • Workshop -Truth and Reconciliation with Ryan McMahon
  • Healing Through Laughter with Barb Nolan
  • Viewing of Third World Country film
  • Violence Tree with Niki Naponse and Ghislaine Goudreau
  • Self-Defense Workshop with Cpl. Cheryle Hayden B.A., B.Ed., M.H.R.D.
  • Honouring our Families of MMIWG with Grandfather Drum and Jingle Dress Dancers