Sisters In Spirit Vigils—A Movement for Social Change:
Each year on October 4th communities across Canada come together to honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. As we do so, we remember the lives of sisters, daughters, mothers and grandmothers tragically taken from us.
Today, we offer our support and sympathy to their families and we join with them in demanding justice.
Statistics consistently show that Aboriginal women face much higher levels of violence than all other women in Canada. The Native Women's Association of Canada has documented more than 600 cases of Aboriginal women and girls who have been murdered or who remain missing.
This violence has touched the lives of almost every First Nations, Inuit and Métis family and community. And it has moved Canadians from all walks of life to demand action. Violence against Aboriginal women is a national issue, one that must concern us all.
Please take a moment in your classrooms tomorrow to stand in silent vigil for these women. Please take a moment to read the full Joint Statement, preferrably to your students. Please ensure that the invisible and vulnerable are made visible and are protected as they deserve to be. The Joint Statement can be found at http://www.kairoscanada.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/DR-IR-11-10-SISVigilJointStatement.pdf
I will also be posting this on the aboriginaled.blogspot.com site.