Event: Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls: An Epidemic Crossing the Medicine Line

June 06, 2019

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

This two-day conference is being held in collaboration with Georgetown University and will address issues of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.

The epidemic of MMIWG is felt on both sides of the border, albeit with different roots, history and Indigenous Nations. Still, 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.

Join keynote speaker Marion Buller, Chief Commissioner of the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls, and others, for a conference that promises to be a crucial unpacking of the violence that Indigenous women and girls currently face in both countries, including the National Inquiry’s findings.

There is no cost for directly affected family members or students. 

Registration details can be found here.


Monday, June 10
8:30 - 9:30Welcome breakfast and registration
9:30 - 10:00Opening remarks and land acknowledgement
10:00 - 11:00Keynote speaker - Chief Commissioner Marion Buller, National Inquiry into MMIWG
11:00 - 11:15Break
11:15 - 12:15Plenary - Annita Lucchesi, Sovereign Bodies Institute
12:15 - 1:30Lunch
1:30 - 2:30Keynote speaker - Representative Ruth Buffalo, North Dakota Legislative Assembly
2:30 - 2:45Break
2:45 - 3:30Afternoon general session/discussion
3:30 - 4:00Closing remarks





Tuesday, June 11
9:00 - 9:30Breakfast
9:30 - 10:00Opening remarks and land acknowledgment
10:00 - 11:00Keynote (TBD)
11:00 - 12:00Panel discussion
12:00 - 12:30Closing remarks



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