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RCMP Involvement in the Sisters In Spirit Initiative

Serving Canada's Aboriginal Peoples

Navigating the Missing Persons Process

In 2005, the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) secured funding to establish the Sister's In Spirit (SIS) initiative. The five-year research, education and policy initiative was designed to address the root causes, circumstances and trends of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. Since the SIS initiative began, NWAC has published three reports on this topic, culminating in their final report, What Their Stories Tell Us: Research findings from the Sisters In Spirit initiative.

The RCMP is ever-mindful of the prevalence of violence against Aboriginal women and continues to work with other law enforcement partners, as well as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal agencies, to address cases of missing or murdered Aboriginal women.

Through a partnership with RCMP National Aboriginal Policing Services (NAPS), NWAC developed a Community Education Toolkit titled, Navigating the Missing Persons Process. The toolkit can be utilized at the community level by friends and family members of individuals who have gone missing. It is a valuable resource for RCMP employees and the communities we serve.

NAPS has a dedicated member that regularly liaises with NWAC and continues to work in partnership with NWAC and other stakeholders to contribute to the reduction of violence against Aboriginal women and girls.

To obtain a copy of this toolkit, please contact the Native Women's Association of Canada.