About FSIS


Bridget Tolley is Algonquin grandmother fBeerom the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg in Quebec, Canada. Her mother Gladys Tolley was struck and killed by a police car in October 2001. Bridget is a committed activist in the family-led movement to end violence and the disappearances and murders of Indigenous women and girls. She is also active in social justice causes causes related to police violence (a founding member of the Justice for the Victims of Police Killings Coalition in Montreal), Indigenous education, housing and child welfare.



10300665_10154301130730121_950934552367195867_nColleen Cardinal is a Plains Cree woman from Saddle Lake First Nation, AB. Colleen organizes with the grassroots volunteer group Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS). She speaks publicly and candidly about murdered and missing Indigenous women and the impacts of the 60’s Scoop drawing critical connections between genocidal colonial policies and her lived experiences and those of women in her family. She believes that sharing her story is an important part of her healing journey in addition to raising awareness and building solidarity and understanding within Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. Colleen strongly believes in supporting/upholding women’s self-determination, including meeting them where they are at.


178489_10153269471145121_55328681_oKristen Gilchrist self-identifies as a queer non-Indigenous woman with Scottish, Welsh, French-Canadian and Ojibway relations, living on unsurrendered Anishinaabe aki (Algonquin lands). She’s working on a doctorate in sociology at Carleton University, is a survivor of sexual violence(s), former (and likely future) sex trader and, co-founder of Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS).


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