October 4 Sisters in Spirit Vigils demand action on violence against Indigenous women and children

Ottawa (02 Oct. 2015) — According to research by the Native Women's Association of Canada, there are more than 582 missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls across Canada. 

Sisters in Spirit Vigils honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls

On October 4, we honour the memories of those women and girls, and we honour their communities for fighting for justice on their behalf.

The Sisters in Spirit Vigils will be held not only across the country but internationally to continue to raise awareness about the urgent need for federal action on the growing violence Indigenous women and girls face. 

Gatherings growing each year 

These gatherings, which have grown from 11 in 2006 to 216 in 2014, provide awareness and support to the families who have suffered the loss of a loved one. More than 100 Vigils have already been organized for this year. The events take many forms: candlelight vigils, workshops, a moment of silence, a walk or a gathering to share memories and take part in a meal. The Vigils have become a movement for social change and a reminder that our sisters will not be forgotten.

Find the location of a Vigil closest to your community by visiting www.october4th.ca.

NUPGE encourages members and allies to support Sisters in Spirit Vigils

The National Union is proud to continue its support for the Native Women's Association of Canada and the Sisters in Spirit campaign. 

"We encourage all our members and allies to take part in the October 4 Vigils in their communities," says James Clancy, NUPGE National President. "We must continue to work together to ensure that all women can live free from violence."

More information:

Native Women's Association of Canada 

Sisters in Spirit Vigils


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