Sisters in Spirit Vigil Honours the Lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

by ahnationtalk on October 4, 201958 Views

Sisters in Spirit Vigil Honours the Lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Thunder Bay ON – October 04, 2019 – Today Indigenous women gather across the country in solidarity to be the visible presence for what often seems invisible to most Canadians. Their strength and determination to not let anyone forget the pain, injustice and suffering that Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) have tragically endured and continue to endure. This is not a footnote, rather it is a headline.

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is holding Sisters in Spirit Vigils at all ONWA locations across the province. The Vigils are part of the larger Sisters in Spirit Initiative, headed by the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) annually. Similar vigils are being held all across Canada.

The Sisters in Spirit Vigils are open to all individuals and organizations who would like to come for a time of remembrance, awareness, and support for families. The Vigils will educate those in attendance of the alarmingly high levels of violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada, and will help to provide healing for families who have experienced a loss to violence.

Violence against women reaches across all races, religions, beliefs and throughout the world. It is not confined to only poverty and inequality. It reaches into every level of society. Indigenous women have been on the frontline of violence for generations from the 60’s Scoop to Residential Schools and the Missing and Murdered. These are the defining circumstances that bring us closer to all of our sisters in the battle against violence and the pain, suffering and heartbreak inflicted on all people.

We ask that Ontarians acknowledge that ending violence and creating #safeSPACES (http://www.onwa.ca/upload/documents/onwa-iaht-liaisons-project-report-2017-2.pdf) in communities is the responsibility of every one of us.

For more about ONWA’s Sisters in Spirits events:

For more information, please contact:

Andre Morriseau, Communications Manager, Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)

Email: amorriseau@onwa.ca | Phone: (647) 970-7661

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