April 7, 2022
Mural showing five figures standing in front of a map of Alaska

Original artwork by Devin Newman, Unangax/Deg Hit'an

Data for Indigenous Justice (DIJ) reclaims and stewards missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirited people (MMIWG2S) data for Alaska. DIJ visions people living in safety while thriving. The decolonization of data and data sovereignty are key steps towards justice for Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirited people from going missing and/or being murdered.

The April session of Hot Topics in Practice will share how organizations can approach decolonizing data in an effort to address the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirited people (MMIWG2S).

Decolonizing data is essential for social justice advocacy, especially when it comes to missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirited people. Local, state and federal agencies including law enforcement have inconsistent methods in which data is gathered. This lack of accountability from agencies creates limited reporting and data sharing. There are incredible gaps in basic demographic information that have led to barriers in having accurate representation of the MMIWG2S crisis.

Data for Indigenous Justice uses multi-level strategies to address this issue. DIJ continually tracks and stewards MMIWG2S data in Alaska. The second strategy is advocating for systems level change. The third is having a healing centered approach to community engagement.

Better understand what decolonizing data can look like to address missing and murdered Indigenous womxn. Register today.

This webinar is supported by the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center.

Please be advised that this topic may be sensitive for some viewers. A recorded version will be available afterward for viewing at your own pace.

Decolonizing Data to Address Missing and Murdered Womxn

Date: April 20, 2022, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (Pacific)

Intended Audiences

  • Local, state, and tribal public health practitioners
  • Students and early career folks interested in these topics
  • Community members, organizers, NGOs


Charlene Aqpik Apok, PhD, MA
Executive Director
Data for Indigenous Justice

About Hot Topics in Practice

Hot Topics in Practice is a monthly webinar forum to discuss issues affecting public health practice.

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