Support for Families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
If you are a family member of an Indigenous woman or girl who is missing or has been murdered, you can find support at one of Ontario’s Family Information Liaison Units (FILUs). FILU staff can provide access to supports and information about court proceedings and police investigations.
How the Family Information Liaison Unit Can Help You
The government offers dedicated supports for family members of Indigenous women and girls who are going through the loss of a loved one. FILU staff are available to help families by:
- Gathering information about police investigations, court proceedings and coroner’s inquests related to their loved one’s case and providing this information in a compassionate and confidential manner.
- Connecting families with Indigenous Elders, Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, Healers as well as mainstream trauma/counselling supports.
- Collaborating with similar units in other provinces and territories, where needed, to coordinate and obtain information about a loved one.
About the Family Information Liaison Unit
FILU staff are Indigenous community members who have years of experience serving Indigenous women and girls. They bring a deep understanding of the historical context of violence against Indigenous women and girls and the unique needs of families who have suffered the loss of a loved one.
All services are provided in a culturally safe and respectful manner.
Contact a Family Information Liaison Unit
No matter where you live or how much time has passed, you can find help and support.
Family Information Liaison Units are located in Sudbury, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay and Toronto. If you do not live in one of those cities, call 1-844-888-8610 to arrange for FILU staff to travel to your location.
You can find a Family Information Liaison Unit at the locations below.
Head Office: Toronto
Terry Swan-Manager, Programs
Indigenous Justice Division, MAG
Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre
Office: (705) 675-1658
Sioux Lookout FILU
Equay-Wuk (Women’s Group)
Office: (807) 737- 4877
Thunder Bay FILU
Anishnawbe Mushkiki Health Centre
Office: (807) 624-1879
Toronto Birth Centre
Office: (416) 306-2266
National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
The Family Information Liaison Unit operates separately from the Canadian federal government’s National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls can access FILU services regardless of their participation in the federal inquiry.