Sisters In Spirit2010 Research Findings
Aboriginal women and girls are strong and beautiful.They are our mothers, our daughters, our sisters, aunties, and grandmothers
This research would not have been possible without the stories shared by families and
communities of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. The Native Women’s
Association of Canada (NWAC) is indebted to the many families, communities, and friends whohave lost a loved one. We are continually amazed by your strength, generosity and courage.We thank our Elders and acknowledge First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities for theirstrength and resilience.We acknowledge the dedication and commitment of community and grassroots researchers,advocates, and activists who have been instrumental in raising awareness about this issue. Wealso acknowledge the hard work of service providers and all those working towards endingviolence against Aboriginal women in Canada.We appreciate the many community, provincial, national and Aboriginal organizations, andfederal departments that supported this work, particularly Status of Women Canada.Finally, NWAC would like thank all those who worked on the Sisters In Spirit initiative over thepast five years. These contributions have been invaluable and have helped shape the nature andfindings of this report.This research report is dedicated to all Aboriginal women and girls who are missing or have beenlost to violence.