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 and Thunder Bay. 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.

Sudbury
Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre

Office: (705) 675-1658
Email: juliette.wemigwans@ontario.ca
Address: 161 Applegrove Street, Sudbury, ON P3C 1N2

Sioux Lookout
Equay-Wuk (Women’s Group)

Office: (807) 737- 4877
Email: shauna.pitawanakwat@ontario.ca
Address: P.O. Box 1781, 16 Fourth Avenue N., Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1C4

Thunder Bay
Anishnawbe Mushkiki Community Health and Wellness

Office: (807) 624-1879
Email: terry.swan@ontario.ca
Address: 101 N. Syndicate Ave., Suite 2B, Thunder Bay, ON P7C 3V4

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.