It was an emotional evening at the Fort St. John Friendship Centre as the Sisters in Spirit Vigil held their annual march.
The march was held to raise awareness of the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women. The event was organized by Connie Greyeyes and marks the 3rd year the Vigil movement has been held in Fort St. John. According to Greyeyes the march has grown every year.
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Oct. 4 is deemed by the National Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) as a day of action to remember, honour and create awareness regarding the lives of Aboriginal women who are missing and have been murdered across Canada. The NWAC has identified 582 cases across Canada of missing or murdered Aboriginal women. There are no charges laid in 40% of these cases which Greyeyes deemed far too high. She explains some of causes of this issue.
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The marchers made their way to city hall and continued back to the Friendship Centre for dinner, traditional dances and drumming as well as speeches by family members of missing and murdered Aboriginal women.