The issue of missing and murdered indigenous women has generated national and international attention and concern over a number of years, and now the federal government will be holding a national inquiry on the matter. Pauktuutit, with the support of Minister Carolyn Bennett and officials at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, held a four day pre-consultation meeting in Ottawa in February 2016 that brought together Inuit family members, representatives of a number of regional and national Inuit organizations, subject matter experts and others. This unprecedented meeting resulted in a comprehensive report with many recommendations on the mandate, composition, scope and process of the national inquiry. Participants also gave a name to the work to come: Nipimit Nanisiniq Finding Voice.
Pauktuutit has long called for immediate actions that are needed now. This meeting also finalized a national strategy for the prevention of violence against Inuit women and children. This strategic plan is based on recommendations that have been made for decades by bodies including the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as well as Pauktuutit’s direct consultations with Inuit women over the same period of time.
Pauktuutit’s four-day pre-consultation meeting on the national inquiry on MMIWG allowed time to honour and commemorate those whose lives have been taken, consider the immense questions and concerns of family members and others in relation to the inquiry, and time to look ahead. On the last day of the meeting, participants were joined by Jaaji and Chelsea June of Twin Flames who performed Porchlight, a song written by Jaaji about the issue of missing and murdered loved ones. We hope you will also enjoy this profile of Twin Flames, as well as Porchlight, as a tribute to all those who motivate and support this important work.