October 4 is a national day of vigils to remember murdered and missing aboriginal women. SOGS would like to support and promote this important day of action. If you know of other local events, please share them on our Facebook page or contact us to update the website accordingly.
The following vigil is confirmed in London this year:
Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians, At^lohsa Native Family Healing Services, Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre, Canadian Mental Health Association/My Sisters’ Place, Deshkan Ziibii Native Women’s Association – London Local
March from At^lohsa to Ivey Park at 10:30 am
Gathering, Sacred Fire, Speakers, Drumming, Pipe Ceremony and Craft & Food Vendors at Ivey Park on October 4th from 11 am to 3 pm
For the walk over, there will be an accessibility van available for elders, children, and those with mobility challenges. There will be speakers, healers, a sacred fire, youth spoken word, a community mural and craft/food vendors.
Funds are being raised by selling #MMIW empowerment t-shirts through teespring for $26.46.
The Native Women’s Association of Canada maintains a list of confirmed vigils across the country.
More information on this issue and solidarity movements is available from the following groups:
- Amnesty International Canada
- “Indigenous women are far more likely than non-Indigenous women to experience violence. In a 2009 government survey of the ten provinces, Aboriginal women were nearly three times more likely than non-Aboriginal women to report being a victim of a violent crime.”
- Canadian Federation of Students
“According to Canadian government statistics, young Indigenous women are five times more likely than other women of the same age to die as the result of violence. The Caucus has been active on a campaign called “Stolen Sisters” to fight violence and discrimination against Aboriginal women in Canada and to shed light on the numerous cases of violence against Aboriginal women that have gone unnoticed by governments.”
- Native Women’s Association of Canada
“As of March 31, 2010, 582 cases of missing or murdered Aboriginal women and girls have been entered into NWAC’s Sisters In Spirit database. NWAC’s research has found that the intergenerational impact and resulting vulnerabilities of colonization and state policies—such as residential schools, the 60s Scoop, and the child welfare system—are underlying factors in the outcomes of violence experienced by Aboriginal women and girls. In summarizing the research and identifying trends related to root causes and circumstances, there are a number of key findings that should inform policy decisions, victim services, and action.”