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Warm Up

Video & Question


Words to Know


Education Awareness

Lesson 2

Primary Source

Lesson 1





Additional Resources


Sources Cited

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Lesson Objective

After viewing the video with your partner discuss the following questions:

Stolen Sisters Video

  • What was the total number of MMIW and kids in the USA?
  • What surprised you about how much were logged by the US? Why?
  • Why weren't most not logged? Do you think it is fair?
  • Why do you think the US police or government not tell the truth of how these women or girls died?
  • What is the author's end message for the viewer?

Raising Awareness

Individual Project: Choose one of the 3 choices to present what was learned from the lesson.

  1. Go to the website linked here for more information pertaining to MMIW and raising awareness and standing up for social justice
After viewing the website, choose one project to display your understanding of developing empathy and respect for indigenous women and girls.
    1. Art Project- create a visual representation of solidarity with MMIW.
    2. Missing Women Quilt- cut out red squares or hand print and write a supporting message to show hope, respect, and remembrance of MMIW
    3. Research- conduct a small research on other indigenous women and girls from around the world who fall vitcims to the same fate. Locate on world map, make statistical PIE chart, and other relevant information.

  • Social Justice- are issues that often highlight inequality and injustices faced by specific groups
  • Indigenous- aboriginal or native peoples are original people who inhabited a region before immigrants
  • MMIW (murdered and missing indigenous women)- are women and or girls who have been taken and murdered
  • Racism- the belief that people who belong to certain races are naturally inferior to others
  • Bias- having a preference or favoring one thing over another

Keep the words and definitions in mind as you interact with the lesson:


Additional Resources

  1. MMIW: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women-- website has links to many sites for unseen epidemic in US, Canada, and Latin American.
  2. 7 Actions to take for National Day of Awareness of #MMIWG website.
  3. Books to read on social justice
  4. Tips on Safety

Here are some resources if you want to know more about:

After viewing the two videos, you and your partner will join with another partner group and complete the following:

MMIW: What is MMIW

  • Read and annotate the primary source on MMIW. Click on link:
  • Complete a PIE Chart for the statistics on
    • What type of abuse Indians faced
    • The number of MMIW in 2019
  • Create a listing of:
    • What did boarding schools enact on indigenous kids? How many indigenous kids attend boarding schools?

Warm Up

Watch the short video on social justiceQuestions:What is social justice?What does it mean to you?Why is it important to know?Short Activity:Turn and Talk to a partner about your answers to the 3 questions.

Students will...

Lesson Objectives

  • Define the term “Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women” (MMIW).
  • Develop empathy and respect for the experiences of Indigenous women and girls.
  • Identify ways to raise awareness about the MMIW crisis and the importance of social justice.
  • Practice critical thinking skills by analyzing primary sources.

  • B., Lina. (Sept 22, 2019). Missing and murdered indigenous women: What is MMIW? ICNA Council for Social Justice Advocating Justice for All. https://icnacsj.org/missing-and-murdered-indigenous-women-what-is-mmiw/?gad_source=1&gclid=Cj0KCQjwncWvBhD_ARIsAEb2HW9U6LzoIy70Qn9U88QPp8ON6OAlCaaFvG7kvSsx0iQz8cgGnDYuMPgaArJ3EALw_wcB
  • International Labour. (2024, March 10). YouTube. Retrieved from Keep it simple: What is social justice? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtBOR_4dvEc
  • N.D. (Retrieved March 11, 2024). Missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW). Native Hope. https://www.nativehope.org/missing-and-murdered-indigenous-women-mmiw?utm_term=missing%20and%20murdered%20indigenous%20women&utm_campaign=MMIW+-+Search&utm_source=adwords&utm_medium=ppc&hsa_tgt=kwd-499968175672&hsa_grp=144380966783&hsa_src=g&hsa_net=adwords&hsa_mt=b&hsa_ver=3&hsa_ad=646853914079&hsa_acc=3651624507&hsa_kw=missing%20and%20murdered%20indigenous%20women&hsa_cam=19633980915&gad_source=1&gclid=Cj0KCQjwncWvBhD_ARIsAEb2HW_gID66ywovVRInNUdn-eXiRGlmUD7LYFHJS-tU5QPCAE2Z9VJxOqYaAqueEALw_wcB
  • Salamone, G. (2024, March 11). YouTube. Retrieved from Stolen Sisters (MMIW Awareness). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJEt_YWHUUM


Respond honestly to the following questions after completing all activites within this lesson.


  1. How do you feel about the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, now that you know more about it?
  2. What questions do you still have?
  3. What actions were taken by citizens and other groups to bring awareness and closure to forgotten cases?
  4. How can I make others aware? How can I get others involved?