Status of Women Canada Call for Proposals: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Commemoration Fund

Deadline: 28 March 2019

Status of Women Canada is currently inviting eligible organizations for its Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Commemoration Fund to support Indigenous organizations to work with families, survivors and/or communities to develop and implement commemoration initiatives.

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The objectives of the Commemoration Fund are to:

  • Honour the lives and legacies of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and LGBTQ2S individuals; and,
  • Increase awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and LGBTQ2S individuals.

Funding Information

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  • Organizations can request up to $50,000 for a local project.
  • Organizations can collaborate with multiple communities to submit one application for up to $50,000 per community to a maximum of $200,000 per project.
  • Although organizations are encoraged to submit one application involving several communities for this call for proposals, an organization could submit multiple applications in which they would engage different communities.
  • If an organization is working with communities in at least three of the Department’s predefined regions, or a pan-Canadian community, the project would be considered to have a national scope. Therefore, the project could request a maximum of $500,000.
  • Projects that have a national scope are expected to raise awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and LGBTQ2S individuals.


The project must end by March 31, 2021. Funded projects may be able to start as early as July 2019.

Expected Results

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The expected results of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Commemoration Fund call for proposals are:

  • Short term: Commemoration initiatives are developed to support communities in honouring the lives and legacies of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and LGBTQ2S individuals.
  • Medium term: Indigenous organizations and those affected by the issue, including families, survivors and communities, work together on initiatives to honour the lives and legacies of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and LGBTQ2S individuals.
  • Long term: Increased awareness within communities across Canada about the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and LGBTQ2S individuals.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible organizations are legally constituted:
    • Indigenous organizations; and,
      • An Indigenous organization is an incorporated organization that represents First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis interests and is controlled by members of the population it serves.
    • Indigenous governments, including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities, and their agencies, and hamlets.
  • For Indigenous organizations, it is the organization’s responsibility to provide a valid incorporation, registration or business number to the Department for verification.


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Through the Commemoration Fund, commemoration initiatives will be developed by organizations with families, survivors and/or communities in remembering, memorializing and paying tribute to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and, LGBTQ2S individuals, and survivors. Eligible activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Events that contribute to healing by acknowledging those who were murdered or went missing and bringing people together to share and support one another.
  • Examples include, but are not limited to: banquets, pow-wows, talking circles, potlatches, closing ceremonies, healing circles, welcome home ceremonies, lecture series and art or music workshops.
  • Legacy items that leave a legacy or educate people about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, including LGBTQ2S individuals.
  • Examples include, but are not limited to: community monuments3, plaques, cairns, totem poles, murals, and not-for-profit films or books.
  • Coordination and support of commemoration initiatives.
  • Development and implementation of region-wide or nation-wide commemoration initiatives, e.g. gatherings for remembrance and healing.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online via given website.

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