Update: Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
The government commission that is overseeing the national inquiry into the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada is doing data collection now, gathering the names of missing family members into a database. Many are concerned with how this is being done, however — to date, there are just 122 family members' names in the commission's database, despite other databases in Canada estimating the number at well over 1,000. The commission stated that it is up to families to register the names, but many are saying that information is not widely known. Activists feel there should be advocates in remote communities to relay information and provide assistance.
For the grieving and frustrated families of these women and girls, we offer our prayers. Bring comfort and hope, Lord—but even more, we pray that the commission may find answers to this deeply disturbing trend that has for so long gone unaddressed. We pray for good governance, effective strategies, and an overall handling of this situation that sends the clear message that Indigenous women and girls have value equal to that of all others in Canadian society, and that their lives and deaths matter.