The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls: A Counter-Archive

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Conty, Sheridan Christine




The National Inquiry into MMIWG signals a larger moment in Canadian politics in which the State seeks on some level to recognize and remedy injustices committed against Indigenous peoples. This political momentum is marked by a proliferation of commissions and inquiries whose capacity to unsettle existing structures of power and to enact transformative social justice is highly debatable. This research examines the bureaucratic and archiving processes of the Inquiry in order to uncover both how it materializes on an everyday level, and how members of the settler public engage with it. Understanding how the public engages with the National Inquiry may make legible why it both succeeds and fails, and by consequence how the lives of Indigenous peoples are impacted. This research works to reveal some of the logics behind bureaucratic and archiving practices, and how non-Indigenous members of the public engage with a public inquiry of such monumental importance.


Cultural Anthropology




Carleton University

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