On November 2016, Networks 4 Change held the International Dialogue Symposium ‘From the Ground Up’ Policy Making Led by Girls and Young Women in Addressing Sexual Violence, in the Faculty of Education, McGill University.

The special issue of the Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, on Indigenous Girls was launched during this event, by Professor Claudia Mitchell and the guest editors of the Journal: Kirsten Lindquist and Kari-Dawn Wuttunee (of the National Indigenous Young Women’s Council) and Sarah Flicker (York University).

Guests were welcomed by Paige Isaac (of the First Peoples’ House at McGill University and a member of the Provost’s Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education). Vicky Boldo (of the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy Network), began and concluded the event with her drumming. Next, Haidee Smith Lefebvre, one of the authors, read a section of her article during the launch. To end, Maria Ezcurra and Lori Beavis (of the P. Lantz Excellence in Education and the Arts Initiative) connected the launch to their Altar for the Day of the Dead exhibition, to honour the lives of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada.