October 4 is the National Day to commemorate Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (hereafter MMIWG).
In Canada, Indigenous people are twice as likely to be victims of violent assault than non-Indigenous people, especially Indigenous women and girls.
In 2016, the Government of Canada launched a National Inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, independent from the federal government.
According to the Interim report of the National Inquiry, "violence against Indigenous people—including Indigenous women and girls—is rooted in colonization. For the violence against Indigenous women and girls to end, the ongoing colonial relationship that facilitates it must end."
Everyone can play a role
As we await the release of the complete report of the National Inquiry into MMIWG, we need to take action. There are many ways by which every one of us can have a positive impact: