Hilda Anderson-Pyrz is a member of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and the chair of the National Family and Survivors Circle. For the past 20 years, she has been a fierce and tireless advocate for ending gender- and race-based violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people.
Through her grassroots advocacy work, Hilda has relentlessly told truth to power, holding governments accountable in addressing the ongoing genocide of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. It is her firm belief that every member of society has a responsibility — and is part of the solution — in ending all forms of gender-and race-based violence.
Since 2017, Hilda has been the Program Manager for Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc.’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Liaison Unit, and the former co-chair of the Manitoba MMIWG Coalition. Her work in raising awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people has earned her recognition, becoming a recipient of the 2019 RESOLVE Manitoba Community Award, and being named a Manitoba Honour 150 Recipient in February 2021.
Her continued determination to center the voices and expertise of families of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people is guided by her own life experience as an impacted family member. Hilda has found healing through her work, which she bases in the recognition that Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people are sacred and can heal themselves and their communities through their resilience, agency, and lived expertise. She is passionate about the need for Indigenous-led solutions using collaborative and culturally affirming approaches.
Through her courageous advocacy for families and survivors, her strength in the face of significant grief, and her powerful voice, Hilda continues to create a safer world for Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people built on accountability, inclusion, and interconnectedness.