The establishment of NFSC was supported by Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada as part of its response to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry’s (the “National Inquiry”) Calls for Justice 1.1, which calls on all governments to develop and implement a NAP with Indigenous partners to address violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people.
The NFSC is made up of Indigenous women and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people who are the family members of missing or murdered Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people and who are survivors of gender and raced based violence. We come from diverse Indigenous communities, backgrounds, strengths, and capabilities. As families and survivors, we agreed to participate in this process with the assurance our lived experience, expertise, and agency would guide the identification of strength based best practices and actions to be included in the NAP. The NFSC participates in this work through advocating and providing guidance to the NAP development partners on how they can form pathways in their work for the full inclusion of families and survivors for transformative outcomes. The ultimate goal of our work is to advocate for accountability mechanisms through a decolonized approach to end the genocide and violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. All governments and institutions must be held accountable and must act to repair the damage caused and provide long-term, sustainable, and fully resourced infrastructure and support to Indigenous women, girls, 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, families, survivors and our Nations and communities to recover from the violence and to provide for prevention, wellness, and nation building. Recognizing that families, survivors, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people want and deserve action now and that all Calls for Justice are priorities, we focus on immediate actions for implementation in this document.
The establishment of the NFSC is historic. This level of integration of families and survivors into government and organizational co-development processes is a first. It must be precedent setting and define all paths forward. This one example of decolonizing approaches and inclusion of families and survivors called for in the Final Report and the Principles for Change.