Learn about National MMIWG2S Awareness Day -- May 5

The eagle flies the highest in the sky, and in a coast salish story people would seek guidance from the eagle to gain knowledge of faraway places. This representational eagle wing relief was created to bring the knowledge to students as they seek guidance in their studies. -- Marissa Nahanee

About National MMIWG2S Awareness Day

Also known as Red Dress Day, May 5 honours the thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, 2 spirit, and gender diverse people in Canada by encouraging learning and building awareness to end violence against Indigenous women, girls, 2 spirit, and gender diverse people. 

Call to Action 41 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report calls on the federal government of Canada to begin an inquiry into the numerous cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Starting in 2016, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls held 15 community hearings, and spoke with 2,386 people. A final report was released in June 2019 which includes 231 Calls for Justice that "represent important ways to end the genocide and to transform systemic and societal values that have worked to maintain colonial violence" (Final Report, volume 1B, p. 168). The Inquiry also released an engagement guide, Their voices will guide us, which will "introduce the value of Indigenous women’s and girls’ lives into the classroom and into the minds and hearts of young people. It will prepare educators to use a decolonizing pedagogy and a trauma-informed approach in their teaching." (p. iii).

We have gathered some resources to support learning about this crisis, as well as ways to get support. Please take care while engaging with them, and check in with yourself. It's okay to stop reading, watching, or listening to something if you become overwhelmed or are feeling triggered.

To learn more 



Videos and podcasts


Learning about Murdered and Missing Indigenous women, girls, 2 spirit, and gender diverse people can be traumatizing for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners. Please take care, and seek support if you need it.

SFU supports

The Kuu-us Crisis Line provides 24-hour crisis services through the numbers below

  • Adults/Elders (250-723-4050)
  • Child/Youth (250-723-2040)
  • Toll free (1-800-588-8717)
  • Métis Line (1-833-638-4722)

SFU Library and the Decolonizing the Library Working Group want to acknowledge and thank Audrey Heath (Gitxsan) for allowing us to use her incredible graphics in our window displays in recognition of this day of remembrance.