"I am here for justice and I am here for change": The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

February 19, 2020
The Charge of Genocide and the MMIWG Findings
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"I am here for justice and I am here for change": The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

In June 2019, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls published its Final Report documenting thousands of human and Indigenous rights violations perpetrated by the Canadian state and its institutional actors. It designated the sum of these violations as genocide, arguing from the perspective of history and of law that the only way to understand the violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada is in these terms. To do so, the historic and unique process of the National Inquiry gathered thousands of testimonies from families of those missing or murdered and from survivors of violence impacted by the historical and contemporary legacies of colonization in Canada.

This webinar delves into the testimonies and experiences of those who were part of this process, maintaining the importance of intersectional and Indigenous-led storytelling in documenting genocide, both in the past and in the present. Focusing on the truths expressed within the National Inquiry, this webinar explores the process of the National Inquiry, lessons learned from family members, and the process of creating the Final Report.

Captioning will be available during this webinar, which takes place from 7–8pm EST. If this time doesn’t work for your schedule, be sure to register and we’ll notify you once the recording is available on our On-Demand Learning Center

You will be eligible to receive one-hour of professional development credit for participation if you actively watch the webinar. At the conclusion of the webinar, you will be able to download a certificate of completion from the webinar console. Check with your school district in advance of the webinar to ensure that the professional development credit is accepted.


About the Presenters: 

Dr. Karine Duhamel


Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Dr. Karine Duhamel is Anishinaabe-Métis and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University, a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University, and a Masters Degree and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Manitoba. Dr. Duhamel was formerly Adjunct Professor at the University of Winnipeg where she developed and taught courses on the history and legacy of residential schools and Director of Research for Jerch Law Corporation, conducting research related to a number of cases related to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

Most recently, Dr. Duhamel was Director of Research for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, drafting the Final Report as well as managing the Forensic Document Review Project and the Legacy Archive. She is now a Curator at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, working across teams to develop and deliver superior content, programming and visitor experience.

Jasmine Wong

Senior Program Associate

Facing History and Ourselves Canada

Jasmine Wong is a Senior Program Associate with Facing History and Ourselves, where she manages programming and partnerships, and facilitates teacher professional development in workshops, conferences, and through social media for educators across Canada. She will join this webinar from Toronto (Tkaranto), on the traditional homeland of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Wendat Nation.

February 19, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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