2021-2022 Federal Pathway Annual Progress Report: Summary

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In June 2021, the Government of Canada released the federal pathway, its plan to end the tragedy of missing and murdered First Nations, Inuit, and Métis women, girls (MMIWG) and Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (2SLGBTQQIA+) people.

The federal pathway is Canada's contribution to the larger National Action Plan, co-created by many governments and Indigenous partners across the country.

This is the first annual report on what has been achieved in 2021-2022 under the federal pathway.

"Indigenous partners have made clear, addressing violence means that we must all work together toward a shared vision, as presented within the National Action Plan: a transformed Canada where Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, wherever they are, live free from violence and are celebrated, honoured, respected, valued, treated equitably, safe and secure." –Federal Pathway Annual Progress Report


The Government of Canada understands that how we work to end violence is as important as the results of that work. We are committed to honoring the Implementation Principles outlined in the federal pathway.

Overall progress

During the last year, more than 50 initiatives and programs led by 25 federal organizations made significant advances, including:

Progress on cultural supports

In 2021-2022:

Progress on health and wellness programming

In 2021-2022, after the tragic death of Joyce Echaquan in September 2020, eliminating anti-Indigenous racism in health systems became a top priority and included increased funding of almost $128 million over 3 years in Budget 2021 to:

Beyond the focus on eliminating racism in health systems, we also:

Progress on human safety and security efforts

In 2021-2022, we:

Progress on justice initiatives

In 2021-2022, we:

Progress on organizational capacity and coordination

In 2021-22, we:

Challenges to monitoring progress

How do we know if we are making progress? Are Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people safer? There are some major challenges in monitoring progress specific to Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. They include:

Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, wherever they live are:

  • free from violence
  • celebrated, respected and valued
  • treated equitably
  • safe and secure
  • supported to increase their connection to their cultures and languages
  • able to access health systems free from racism and discrimination
  • able to improve their health and wellbeing
  • able to access a fairer justice system that respects and protects their rights
  • able to lead in all aspects of decision-making that impact their lives

New programs to improve data include the:

Next steps

In 2022-2023, we will focus on the following evolving needs of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, as expressed by partners:

  1. developing strong mechanisms to track concrete progress
  2. improving access to education and job training
  3. creating wrap-around services for youth
  4. expanding programs that provide healing and wellness
  5. improving services for family members and survivors navigating the justice system
  6. developing public service campaigns
  7. improving data
  8. supporting greater collaboration between federal, provincial, territorial and Indigenous governments across jurisdictions

Budget 2022 will invest an additional $11 billion over 6 years to support Indigenous children, families and communities and enable them to continue to grow and shape their futures. New initiatives include:

Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people have the right to be safe, and the Government of Canada will ensure that its programs and services meet their needs. We will continue to talk with Indigenous partners, families and survivors to strengthen our work together, identify future work and monitor the success of these continuing initiatives and new federal initiatives in 2022-2023.

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