Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (in short, Missing Justice) is a grassroots solidarity collective based in Montreal that works to eliminate violence and discrimination against Indigenous women living in Quebec. The collective seeks to consult and collaborate with Indigenous communities and organizations to foster understanding and dispel harmful stereotypes commonly held in regards to Indigenous women who are targets of violence.
Missing Justice is deeply action-based. Our goals are to raise public awareness and create a safer environment for Indigenous women by tackling issues of systemic racism, sexism, classism and negligence that are present in the media, the justice system and police forces. We recognize that the causes of racialized and sexualized violence are linked to Canada’s colonial policies of the past and present. We aim to provide social, moral, legal and political support to the families of victims, and to pressure the Canadian government into taking action on the more than 582 cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women (up to 3000 according to activists) by paying heed to recommendations put forth by the Native Women’s Association of Canada, Amnesty International, the UN, and Indigenous activists and communities.
As a collective, our overall strategy for achieving these goals includes popular education initiatives, media outreach, coalition-building, case work, poster awareness campaigns, research projects, information sharing, publishing and broadcasting, political demonstrations, and direct action.