This guide provides OC Library and web resources related to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Gender Diverse People as well as search strategies on this and related topics.
This is a topic that may be triggering. Please be sure to take time to care for yourself if you are researching or accessing information on this topic.
The Government of Canada has implemented a national, independent, toll-free support line which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you or someone you know requires immediate support, please call 1-844-413-6649 to speak to a counsellor. The service is available in English, French, Cree, Anishnaabemowin (Ojibway) and Inuktitut.
Okanagan College students may want to connect with Aboriginal Services or Counselling Services. As well, the Here2Talk service provides confidential counselling and community referral services, available 24/7 via app, phone and web.
IMPORTANT: the dominant structure for organizing information is from a western perspective, for this reason you may need to use outdated (sometimes offensive) terminology to find resources related to Indigenous peoples; please contact us if you'd like assistance navigating this.
Combine keywords related to the concept of Indigenous identity with keywords related to your area of interest.
|Inuit||Métis||"Indians of North America"|
|Indian||Native||Name of Nation or Community (e.g. Secwépemc)|
|"Missing women"||"Highway of Tears"||MMIWG2S|
|"Stolen sisters"||Rematriate||"MMIWG Inquiry"|
|"Violence against women"||"Domestic violence"||"Gendered violence"|
Subject headings are a tool designed to help researchers find similar materials. These are only some examples of the many subject headings that Okanagan College Library uses. Spend a few minutes exploring them when you find a book in the catalogue that supports your research.
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A six-part series by Brandi Morin on Al Jazeera which "tells the stories of some of the Indigenous women and girls who have gone missing or been murdered along an infamous stretch of highway in British Columbia, Canada." (updated as articles are released)
A TEDx talk by Tamara Bernard that encourages hope, love, empowerment and igniting a new way of learning together as a nation. Tamara lays bare the world of violence impacting indigenous women.
"In Collaboration with Canada Without Poverty (CWP), and with support from CASWE’s Social Policy and Advocacy Committee, the Centre for Studies on Poverty and Social Citizenship (CSPSC) hosts a panel discussion focusing on the systemic discrimination and inequalities at the root of the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada."
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