October 4 is a day to honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two spirited people and support families who have been tragically touched by the loss of a loved one to violence.
It is estimated that more than 1,000 Indigenous women and girls have been murdered or gone missing in violent circumstances in Canada in the past 25 years. Currently, Indigenous women in Canada are three times more likely to experience violent victimization than their non-Indigenous counterparts and more than five times as likely to be murdered. The families of these missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls—these 'Stolen Sisters'—have struggled for decades to draw attention to the violence faced by women and girls in their communities and to receive justice for their loved ones.
When: Tuesday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Begins at City Hall before walking to Galt Gardens
More than 100 vigils are being held in communities from coast to coast to coast, to honour the lives of missing and murdered First Nations, Métis, and Inuit women, girls and two spirit people as well as support grieving families and provide opportunities for healing.
The City has a worked in partnership with Blackfoot Knowledge Keepers to develop a MMIWG toolkit for those wanting to learn more and become an ally. It can be viewed and downloaded here.
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