Finding Peace: MMIWG Commemoration Project



The purpose of the project is to leave a lasting monument/memorial in Yukon that will raise the on-going issue of MMIWG in Yukon and northern British Columbia and honour the victims and their families. Independent contractors, Colleen Geddes and Sarah Stuecker have been hired as Project Coordinators to deliver the project, in consultation with LPAC and family members.

As a member of the Local Project Advisory Committee (LPAC), YAWC will lead this project over a 3-year period (2019-2021) in collaboration with partners and supporters. They include the Whitehorse Aboriginal Women's Circle, Liard Aboriginal Women's Society, Kwanlin Dun First Nation, Teslin Tlingit Council, MMIWG family members, City of Whitehorse, and Yukon Government Women's Directorate. The project is funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada.

Due to COVID-19, the project workplan has been modified with family engagement taking place primarily through an information booklet mailout and interviews conducted by the Project Coordinators. This process will inform and guide the artist to create sketches of the monument/memorial that reflect the wishes of the families. March 2021, MMIWG family members will select the final monument/memorial to be created by the artist. An unveiling ceremony is expected in Sept 2021.

Family Engagement Proccess

Commemoration project- ALL


Fall 2021 Update
Stage 4 - Planning of the unveiling - In Progress


Spring 2021 Update- Apr/May
Stage 3 of the MMIWG family engagement proccess - Connecting with and gathering input from families - In Progress

Families have selected their favourite concept for the monument! This phase of the feedback is a crucial moment in this project. There is still an opportunity for families to provide final thoughts on the draft monument before the final building stage. With the help of YAWC staff, the Commemoration Project has received feedback from the following communities:

Carmacks: April 16-17th
Watson Lake: April 23-26th
Ross River: Ongoing
Whitehorse: Ongoing - take the opportunity to visit the coordinators at KDCC on Friday, April 30th, and Saturday, May 1st, from 1-4 pm at the Elders Lounge.

Because this is a project "for the families by the families," the concepts are not available to view publicly. So we're offering family & community members to reach out in one of those ways to provide your feedback.  If you missed the community dates and would still like to provide monument feedback please contact the project coordinator: 

Colleen by email or by phone at 1-867-332-8384. 


Spring 2021 Update - Feb/Mar
Stage 3 of the MMIWG family engagement proccess - Connecting with and gathering input from families - In Progress

The Commemoration Project has received inputs from 5 Artists (one provided two concepts) that are now available for families to view and vote. The project coordinators have been doing community visits in Carmacks, Whitehorse, Watson Lake to gather family input. The concepts were also available at the YAWC Outreach & Support Circles

If you have been directly impacted by a loss of a loved one as a family or community member, you are eligible to vote on the preliminary concepts the artists have provided. Voting is now available for families on preliminary artists concepts until: March 28th, 2021.

How you can vote:

  • In-person at the YAWC office in Whitehorse between Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
  • Requesting the digital version of the concepts via email to or and responding by emailing or telephone with your answer back to us. 
  • Contact Colleen by email or by phone at 1-867-332-8384.
  • Surveys can also be completed at the YAWC office or by the private MMIWG family FB page.

We will also have a video to share with family members who like to engage in this voting process. 

Because this is a project "for the families by the families," the concepts are not available to view publicly. So we're offering family & community members to reach out in one of those ways to provide your feedback. Once voting has been completed, there will be more family engagement opportunities once the selected artist is chosen to finalize the concept.

Winter 2020 Update
Stage 2 of the MMIWG family engagement proccess - Artists Call Out - Complete

The Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council invites artists who are experienced working within an Indigenous context to submit a proposal to design, build and install a monument for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls 2S+ from Yukon and northern BC. The successful proposal will be selected with input from MMIWG2S+ families.

The Project

The purpose of the project is to create a monument in Yukon to remember and recognize the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls 2S+ (MMIWG2S+) in Yukon and northern British Columbia. The monument will be in honour of the victims and represent the families that have lost loved ones.

Registration and Questions:

Proposal Submission:

Contract Awarded:

Extended to January 27th at 11:59 PM

January 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Extended to March 31st, 2021

Please click here to see full RFP & Application Process.

Email: for any questions you may have.

Fall 2020 Update 
Stage 1 of the MMIWG family engagement proccess - The Gathering - Complete

Early September 2020, the Project Coordinators started the family engagement process. In order to gather thoughts and ideas from as many family members as possible, a comprehensive information package was mailed out to everyone whom YAWC had contact with. The package contained a booklet with pictures of monuments and installations from around the world and some questions. 

The goal of the booklet is to inspire families to think about what a monument/memorial for Yukon’s MMIWG could look like. It concludes by asking families to complete a survey to input their thoughts to the process. The survey can be completed physically and mailed back, completed over the phone with the coordinators, or completed online via surveymonkey. Feedback from family members on the booklet has been positive.The Coordinators will continue to follow up with families throughout October to help with the survey. 

Information Booklet

The booklet provides ideas to what a Yukon monument or memorial could look like and prepare families to answer the questionnaire (at the end of the booklet). Click here to view here

In addition to the booklet mailout, the Coordinators were invited to attend a MMIWG On the Land Healing Camp at Shakat Tun Wilderness Camp near Haines Junction. Family participants had the chance to meet the Coordinators and familiarize themselves with the engagement process. Around a campfire we gathered to share stories and fill out some of the questionnaires.



For more family information:

 Are you a MMIWG family member from Yukon or Northern BC?

  • Would you like to learn more about the engagement process of this project?
  • Would you like to connect with one of the project coordinators to give your thoughts and input on the design of the monument/memorial process?
  • Be invited to the private MMIWG family FB page?
  • Looking for to join an outreach healing circle?

If yes, please contact our project coordinator Colleen by email or by phone at 1-867-332-8384. 

About the Project Coordinators:

Colleen Geddes is a Teslin Tlingit Citizen, former coordinator of the Jackson Lake healing camp and a longtime social and justice worker. She will be reaching out to MMIWG family members to inform and help them through the engagement process, starting with respectfully gathering their ideas and thoughts on a monument/memorial.

Sarah Stuecker is helping organize the information booklet mailouts, consultation sessions and will be coordinating any gatherings, promotions and the final unveiling event at the end of the process.