Category Archives: Missing Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls “Where We Are At”

National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls “Where We Are At”

National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous women and Girls “Where We Are At” On December 8, 2015, the Government of Canada announced the launch of an inquiry to seek recommendations on concrete actions to address and prevent violence against Indigenous women and girls. The Mandate of the Commissioners: The commissioners are required to examine… Continue Reading >>

NEWS RELEASE: Coalition Responds to Launch of National Inquiry

NEWS RELEASE: Coalition Responds to Launch of National Inquiry

Coalition Honours Families and Advocates as Canada Launches National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C.- December 10, 2015) Earlier this week, the Canadian Government announced the launch of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, beginning with pre-inquiry consultation. The Coalition on Missing and… Continue Reading >>

Up For Debate – Questions for the Candidates

Up For Debate – Questions for the Candidates

Up For Debate Questions for the Candidates   Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) has joined Up For Debate, an alliance of over 150 women’s organizations and their allies from across Canada. We are united in raising awareness about women’s rights in the lead up to the 2015 federal election. Up For Debate calls on all… Continue Reading >>

#Justice4CindyGladue ~ Collective Outrage. Unified Voice. Power of Communities.

#Justice4CindyGladue ~ Collective Outrage. Unified Voice. Power of Communities.

From St. John’s to Victoria, hundreds across Canada gathered and marched on Thursday, April 2nd calling for justice for Cindy Gladue and all missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. In over 22 places communities expressed collective outrage over the acquittal of Bradley Barton, who walked free of both murder and manslaughter convictions on March… Continue Reading >>

Ending violence is not just on the agenda, it IS the agenda ~ #MMIW

Ending violence is not just on the agenda, it IS the agenda ~ #MMIW

The following blog will highlight how little action has been undertaken to date despite 58 reports and 700 recommendations tabled so far. A Canadian National Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Girls and Women was held on February 27, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario with 12 representatives from British Columbia, in attendance. The Canadian Federal Government… Continue Reading >>

#TheSilentX ~ Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

#TheSilentX ~ Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

Cowboy Smithx is a man of many talents. He is a writer, actor and filmmaker from the Piikani and Kainai Tribes of the Blackfoot Confederacy. At Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS), we have had the change to work with him on a dating violence prevention video for our YOUth Ending Violence program. This week, our… Continue Reading >>

February 14th Women’s Memorial March 2015 – “Their Spirits Live Within Us”

February 14th Women’s Memorial March 2015 – “Their Spirits Live Within Us”

In January 1991 a woman was murdered on Powell Street in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories. Her name is not spoken today out of respect for the wishes of her family. Her murder in particular acted as a catalyst and  February 14 became a day of remembrance and mourning and this year, twenty three years later, February 14 Women’s… Continue Reading >>