LETTER: Nelson vigil for murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls

From reader Mary Ann Morris

Photo: amnesty.ca

Join thousands of other people across Canada on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. in front of the Nelson courthouse to honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and two-spirit people.

The violence experienced by Indigenous women and girls in Canada is a national tragedy. We must take the time to give thanks to the families who are our reason for demanding continued action.

Family members of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people, Indigenous women’s organizations, and allies come together every year on October 4 at vigils in communities across Canada to honour the lives of our stolen sisters. Vigils are an important opportunity for allies to show our support and solidarity with family members who are grieving the loss of a loved one while advocating for justice and an end to the violence.

We firmly believe that the Oct. 4th Sisters in Spirit Vigils are a movement for social change. The number of SIS Vigils has grown from 11 in 2006 to an impressive 216 vigils in 2014. The Nelson vigil is registered with the Native Women’s Association of Canada. If you are unable to attend, we urge you to take some time on or around Wednesday to mark the day in your home or workplace with the sharing of information and a moment of silence.

Mary Ann Morris

Amnesty International

Nelson

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