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Sisters In Spirit Vigil on October 4th 2010

posted Oct 12, 2010, 8:39 AM by mfcjs website
October 4th was a day to honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls and their families. Sisters In Spirit Vigils began in 2006 with the courage, strength and love of families who suffered the loss of a sister, daughter, mother, grandmother or friend. As of March 31st 2010 NWAC has found 582 cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. As Canadians we should ask ourselves why so many of our Aboriginal sisters continue to go missing and fall victim to homicide seven times more often than non-Aboriginal women.
NWAC and its national partners KAIROS, Amnesty International, the Canadian Federation of Students, National Association of Friendship Centers, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Assembly of First Nations and the Ottawa SIS Vigil committee hosted the fifth annual Sisters In Spirit vigil in Ottawa, on October 4th on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. SIS vigils were also organized in at least 78 communities across Canada to help honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.
As the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s president Jeannette Corbiere Lavell says, “While NWAC is pleased that an increase in public awareness of the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women is starting to resonate with all Canadians, there is still more that needs to be done. By hosting or attending a vigil in your community, you will show support to families and honour the lives of Aboriginal women and girls we have lost to violence. This is an important opportunity to help us continue to raise awareness, and mobilize for change.”
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Oct 12, 2010, 8:44 AM