Indigenous Stories

The focus of Indigenous Stories this month is Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit people. We want to take this opportunity to highlight key days of significance and opportunities to learn more about these important stories. We hope you take the time to learn, reflect, and connect.

Please reach out to if you have questions or want to share reflections around any of the recommended readings, podcasts, or events. We know this content is heavy, emotional, and deeply personal, please take care and honour yourself if you choose to engage.

Days of Significance

Red Dress Day – May 5th 
Red Dress Day, also known as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two-Spirit People, is observed on May 5th. This significant day honors and raises awareness about the thousands of Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit individuals who have disproportionately suffered violence in Canada. Learn more about The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Moose Hide Campaign Day – May 16th
The Moose Hide Campaign  began as a BC-born Indigenous-led grassroots movement to engage men and boys in ending violence towards women and children. It has since grown into a nationwide movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians from local communities, First Nations, governments, schools, colleges/universities, police forces and many other organizations – all committed to taking action to end this violence. Come by the CTL (ADM 103) to collect a free Moose Hide Pin and learn more.

Register for the live stream session on May 16th 2024
Join Indigenous Programs and Services in partnership with SVPRO, and the UBCO Library for a livestream of the 2024 Moose Hide Campaign Day ceremony on May 16th from 8:30am to 11:00am in ART114. There will be coffee and refreshments available. No registration necessary.

Watch the live stream from home or the office by signing up online at the Moose Hide Campaign’s page.

Come by the Library to view the Moose Hide Campaign book Display.

Other ways to get involved in the Moose Hide Campaign:

May 6th
Learn more about the Moose Hide Campaign on May 6th from 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM in room LIB 111.

Find out more about how the campaign was started, and delve deeper into the importance of supporting this movement.

No registration necessary.

May 8th and May 13th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM 
Swing by tabling events in the Sawchuk Theatre on May 8th & 13th from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Please join us to learn more about the Moose Hide Campaign and to pick up a Moose Hide pin to support the movement.

Indigenous Stories
The focus of Indigenous Stories this month is Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit people. Many podcasters have taken The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit people on as a central topic to spread awareness and get answers. Listening to people share personal stories that have affected their families and communities profoundly heightens our awareness of important topics.
Please note that the content of these is heavy and emotional. Please take care of yourself if you choose to engage.

Missing & Murdered: Season 1 Who Killed Alberta Williams?
Sparked by a chilling tip, season one is an eight-part podcast investigation that unearths new information and potential suspects in the cold case of a young Indigenous woman murdered in British Columbia in 1989. Listen on Spotify

Missing & Murdered: Season 2 Finding Cleo
Where is Cleo? Taken by child welfare workers in the 1970’s and adopted in the U.S., the young Cree girl’s family believes she was brutally attacked while hitchhiking back home to Saskatchewan. Listen on Spotify

Going West: True Crime
Episode #385 from February 28th 2024 looks into the disappearance of a Haida Gwaii woman. Listen on Spotify

We Are Resilient: An MMIW True Crime Podcast
This is a true crime podcast dedicated entirely to telling the stories of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous women from the lens of three Indigenous women. Listen on Spotify

For other resources related to MMIWG2S topics check out the UBC Library Guide