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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.  

Click here to view our Looking Ahead toBuild the Spirit of our Women Strategy