In response to the 231 Calls for Justice and the Principles for Change from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, the establishment of the National Family and Survivors Circle (NFSC) was supported by Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs to provide guidance on how to engage families, survivors, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people in the development and implementation of a National Action Plan. The NFSC is comprised of Indigenous women from diverse backgrounds.
“We use our strength and lived expertise as family members of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, and survivors of gender- and race-based violence to advocate for the voices and expertise of families and survivors to be centred in the National Action Plan.” —Hilda Anderson-Pyrz, NFSC Chair
Through the many powerful and sacred testimonies of truths from families and survivors, the National Inquiry was a deeply necessary legal process that established irrefutable evidence of ongoing gender- and race-based violence and genocide against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. The Inquiry’s Final Report established 231 Calls for Justice as legal imperatives, including Call for Justice 1.1, which calls for all governments to develop and implement a National Action Plan alongside Indigenous partners.
“Building on our collective lived experiences, expertise, and capabilities, we hope to provide input into how to engage families, survivors, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people in the development and implementation of this National Action Plan, collaborating with the Core Working Group, the Government of Canada, provinces, and territories to complete it.” —Denise Pictou Maloney, NFSC Member
The Core Working Group (CWG) is primarily comprised of the Chairs from First Nations, Inuit, Métis, Data, 2SLGBTQQIA+, urban, federal, provincial, and territorial sub-working groups. The NFSC and the CWG are intended to be central to the process of developing the National Action Plan. The NFSC is working to support the sub-working groups by coordinating and validating their efforts in a process that includes more than 100 Indigenous women. For more information on the NFSC and Core Working Group (CWG), please click here.