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Who we are:

We are a survivor and women led matriarchal organization providing the next generation of care to victims of crime and violence. We seek to learn from our ancestors’ teachings and the ways of governance that worked for the global majority centuries prior to colonization, we invite our Indigenous roles into colonial spaces. Our ways are from many differing nations and our resilience has always rooted in the health and wellbeing of our communities while we thrive through social & value-based economies.

 

Our mission:

To increase mental health accessibility and inclusivity for health justice through demonetizing the relationships between the mental health systems, and those seeking mental health services within Indigenous and historically under-invested and therefore chronically underserved communities.

 

 

How we do this:

We liberate the practice, pedagogy, service delivery, and training of mental health by stewarding matriarchal shared-leadership of the Community Activated Medicine (CAM™) Framework™ and Intergenerational Healing Approach™.

 
Who we serve:

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Served in the last year

MMIWR: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives

HT: Human Trafficking

Connections made directly with Victims of Crime (VOC) in the past year. 

More than numbers; a look at our relatives*

BIPOC: Black, Indigenous, and people of color

DV: Domestic Violence

IPV: Inter Partner Violence

SA: Sexual Assault

*We at the HIR Wellness Institute use the term “relatives” instead of “clients” because they are a part of our communities, and we are a part of theirs. This allows us to show that we are connected and invested into the health and healing of all.

The First 72 Hours

Contact Law Enforcement

Do not wait, contact law enforcement and request to file a missing person’s report immediately. 

 

Gather and Track Additional Information

Start thinking about potential leads such as where your loved one was last seen, if their vehicle is missing, etc. 

 

Preserve Important Evidence

Preserving places, conversations, and possessions can aid investigators in finding evidence that can lead to finding your loved one, and if necessary, aid in a criminal prosecution. 

 

Reach Out to Your Community

Connect with friends, family, co-workers, community members, and tribal officials. Share missing persons flyers and raising awareness about a disappearance activates your community and keeps people on the lookout. 

 

Adapted from National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center document "When a Loved One Goes Missing - A Quick Reference Guide for What to Do in the First 72 Hours" click here to learn more. 

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Collecting Records and Materials for Identification

When preparing materials for possible identification of a deceased loved one National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) says that DNA samples can be used from preserved toothbrushes or first-degree relatives. Learn more about DNA information and how it is used here: 

 
Accessing and Submitting to MMIWR Databases

Many different databases exist for tracking MMIWR, each database is different in what they track and how to submit information. 

This extensive document has many useful tools. Pages 73-79 list databases across Canada and the United States by state/province, as well as some that are maintained by organizations rather than law enforcement. 

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On pages 46-47 this guide helps identify united states federal databases and how to have your loved one’s information added into the databases.

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This document lists few databases but has a good list of resources on pages 24-26.

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Systemic Change

Learn about awareness, prevention, and policy change to stop the epidemic of MMIWR in our communities. 

MMIWG2 & MMIP Organizing Toolkit

An extensive toolkit with many resources to help establish community led movements on MMIWR.

MMIP: Law Enforcement & Prevention (Doc 1)

MMIP: Legal, Prosecution, Advocacy, & Healthcare (Doc 2)

Department of Justice Journal of Federal Law and Practice journals on Missing and Murdered Indigenous People and the intersections with United States of America federal law. 

Website: Data & Research on MMIP

Department of Justice “Operation Lady Justice” webpage with resources on current available resources on MMIP data and research.