Responding to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

In September 2016, the federal government established the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). The National Inquiry’s purpose was to examine and report on systemic causes of violence experienced by Indigenous women and girls and their greater vulnerability to violence.

The National Inquiry’s Final Report, Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (the Final Report) was released on June 3, 2019.

On June 3, 2021, the second-year anniversary of the release of the report, the National Action Plan, a path towards ending violence against Indigenous Women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ peoples was released. On that day, the Province also announced new funding in 2020/21 as part of the release of the Path Forward: Priorities and Early Strategies for BC report and an initial investment of $5.5 million. 

Path Forward Community Fund – Call for applications

The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General (PSSG) is investing up to $4.55 million to address safety for missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA2S peoples (MMIWG2S+).  This money will be made available through a community fund for safety planning and capacity building (the Path Forward Community Fund). 

To ensure an Indigenous-led approach, PSSG is seeking to identify an Indigenous organization to develop and operate the Path Forward Community Fund, awarding smaller grants to other Indigenous organizations to support initiatives that build capacity and increase safety so that Indigenous communities can create and implement their own culturally safe solutions.

How to apply

  1. Carefully review the Path Forward Community Fund Applicant Guide.
  2. Complete the Path Forward Community Fund Application.
  3. Email the application form to PathForwardMMIWG@gov.bc.ca by Tuesday, February 1, 2022.

Applicant information webinar

A webinar to provide applicants additional information and guidance on how to complete the application was hosted on December 29, 2021. You can access the webinar recording here:

Path Forward Community Fund – Applicant Information Webinar

(Video runtime 35:30)

If you have any questions, please contact PathForwardMMIWG@gov.bc.ca.