Conference discusses MMIWG crisis on both sides of the border

12 Jun 2019

On June 10-11, 2019, the First Nations House of Learning hosted the "Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women: An Epidemic Crossing the Medicine Line" (MMIWG) at the UBC First Nations Longhouse. The Medicine Line refers to the 49th parallel between the United States and Canada.

The two-day conference was held in collaboration with Georgetown University. It delved into the pertinent issues surrounding murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls - an epidemic that is felt from both sides of the border, albeit with some different roots, history, and Indigenous Nations. The outcomes are the same across the Medicine Line and are worsened by startlingly little public awareness or concern equal to the problem across non-Indigenous populations in both countries.


Missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls: An epidemic on both sides of the Medicine Line

Dr. Margaret Moss, Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Director of the First Nations House of Learning

Dr. Margaret Moss, Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Director of the First Nations House of Learning authored a relevant article for the Conversation: "Missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls: An epidemic on both sides of the Medicine Line". In it, she wrote about her connection to both Canada and the United States while emphasizing the lack of moral outrage surrounding MMIWG. Regarding the final report of Canada's MMIWG National Inquiry, she called for a proper and truthful education on the history of the violence experienced by Indigenous women and girls.

"The final report of Canada’s MMIWG inquiry calls on educators and post-secondary institutions to educate the public about missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and about the root causes of violence they experience. Such education must include historical and current truths about the genocide against Indigenous peoples through state laws, policies and colonial practices."


Dr. Moss was also quoted in the following articles

  • TheTyee.ca - Why Genocide? That Should Be Obvious, Says Inquiry Commissioner
  • ATPNnews.ca - Conference discusses MMIWG crisis on both sides of the border