THUNDER BAY – “These vigils are an opportunity for us to not only remember the murdered and missing women and girls but to honour their families and to hope that all Canadians will find the moral and ethical will to demand justice be served. A national inquiry is necessary in bringing some clear understanding into the root causes of this travesty,” stated Ontario Regional Chief Beardy.
Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy stands in support of the Sisters in Spirit Vigils to be held tomorrow across the country that honours the thousands of Indigenous women and girls who have either disappeared or have been found murdered in Canada.
Each year on October 4 communities across Canada come together to honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls through the Sisters and Sprit Vigils. This initiative was first launched by the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC).
The First Nations Women’s Caucus, coordinated through the Chiefs of Ontario, support the vigils honouring the lives of these daughters, sisters, mothers, aunties and their grieving families who are also victims.
Deputy Grand Chief Denise Stonefish, Chair of the First Nations Women’s Caucus said, “The Sisters in Spirit initiative has proven that there is an on-going need to continue the educational awareness and to ensure justice for these missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls and their families. This is still happening. Aboriginal women and girls continue to go missing and/or end up murdered.”
For more information on location of vigils please visit: www.october4th.ca