who we are
A part of Lemon Cree, N8Vgirls is a Native grass roots
non-profit created by actress and activist,
Jessica Matten. We are a family owned organization supported by a network of communities, who believe in giving back to our women, girls, and youth.
This website is dedicated to all the families and victims of our Murdered & Missing Native Women and Girls in Canada. We have been holding workshops dedicated to building self confidence and wellbeing for our Native sisters for 20 years. Our family members helped the first movement trying to find social justice for all of the missing and murdered cases over a decade ago to begin the initial inquiries into what was happening with our Native women across Canada. This team was known as Sisters in Spirit, which has changed over the years into a new group known as "Families of Sisters in Spirit". This page began as social media campaign to help raise awareness and it has had tremendous success, with schools across North America finding this website and using it everywhere from becoming part of their research in their thesis's to grade 8 students doing presentations in their classroom. We've been super grateful for the response and this ripple effect. In 2013, a member of our own family was brutally murdered, whose death could have been prevented had our justice system responded sooner when initial reports and warnings were made by another family who lost their daughter to the same killer.
What we do
Developing self-esteem and safety workshops for our women & girls across Canada
We have been running Indigenous Youth Workshops across Canada for over a decade designed to encourage, inspire and mentor Native youth. The difference with our programs is that we stay in touch with the youth that we have spent time with and who wish to continue to stay in touch for guidance, referrals or just someone to listen to them. We have always been about not just "guest speaking", but trying as much as possible to get to know our class participants and monitor them along their way. We have stayed in touch with kids who are now incredible adults who've paved amazing lives for themselves. Nothing makes us more happier, and this is why we continue to do this while working our other careers in the film & wellness industries.
Any donations we receive go directly towards our youth programs and our "Self & Safety" Workshop designed to speak to women and young girls in their communities about protecting themselves, physically (through basic life-saving self - defence techniques), emotionally, mentally and spiritually. We want to build strong warrior women who know and believe in themselves to face whatever challenges come their way. In this workshop we encourage women and girls to look for love within themselves, before anywhere or from anyone else. We have special guest instructors and speakers who also out of their good will join me on these workshops. We believe the solution to preventing half of the damage done is by re-building our women. Teaching that they are loved, cherished, supported and worthy as every other human being is. As much as the system in our country needs (and has always needed to change towards the treatment of our Indigenous women and girls), we have to look deeper within our very own communities for those answers and continue to heal from within. Men have to also be taught as children how to respect, love and cherish the beautiful Native women and girls in their lives, for without them and their support, we will never be able to get to the root causes of domestic violence, and our females feeling low and less worthy. It takes a community to fix this issue. And no matter how bitter and jaded we can get, we believe so much in my heart that this is a huge part of the solution.