A different Canada… begins with respect, relationships and openness to change.
Join us Friday evening, October 19th and all day Saturday, October 20th to learn more about Indigenous peoples’ perspectives on education and how to build respectful, positive and lasting partnerships.
Covenant Chain Link III will include movie screenings on Friday evening, guest speakers, panel discussions, workshops, spoken word performances, displays, resources, networking opportunities and more!
Guest speakers include:
Simona Arnatsiaq, Inuit rights activist and residential school survivor
Albert Dumont, Algonquin elder, poet and storyteller
Francine Lemay, translator, sister of Marcel Lemay, who was killed during the 1990 Oka crisis
Lois McCallum, Métis Senator and rights advocate
Susanna Singoorie, Inuit elder
Joel Westheimer, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa
Where: Bronson Centre, Mac Hall, 211 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa
When: On October 19th (registration at 6:15 pm) & October 20th (registration at 8:30 am)
This event is co-sponsored by: KAIROS Canada, Legacy of Hope, Ottawa Catholic School Board, Presbyterian Church in Canada, Project of Heart, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, United Church of Canada
The Families of Sisters in Spirit National Vigil is Thursday October 4th, 6:15pm, on Parliament Hill (Unceded Algonquin Territory).
In Canada, Indigenous women are at a greater risk of violence than non-Indigenous women. Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS) is a volunteer, grassroots, non-profit organization led by families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
This annual event is an opportunity for everyone to show that the epidemic of violence against Indigenous women is unacceptable and must stop. We want to Fill the Hill to show Indigenous women are loved and valued!
What you can do:
Join us to Fill the Hill on 4 Oct, 6:15pm – 7:15pm!
FSIS is fundraising to bring the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women to the Hill to speak their stories. Please give generously to help support these courageous family members: http://familiesofsistersinspirit.com
Meegwetch! (Thank You!),
Families of Sisters in Spirit
– email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
– connect with us on Facebook through the Families of Sisters in Spirit page
PPS -The 34th annual Take Back the Night March will leave from the Hill immediately after the Vigil at approx. 7:30 pm.
Note: the Native Women’s Association of Canada is organizing two events prior to the 6:15pm vigil on the same day:
Rally at Parliament Hill at 12 PM noon where Aboriginal leaders and politicians will come forward and demand action.
At 5 PM a Community Feast is being held at St. Andrew’s Church to share a meal at 82 Kent Street. At 5:45 PM those gathered at the feast will make their way to Parliament Hill in a Candlelight March to the 6:15PM Vigil.
Families of Sisters in Spirit National Vigil – 6:15 PM, Parliament Hill:
National Chief Shawn Atleo
NWAC President Michele Taina Audette
Elder Annie Smith St Georges
Apachitwane Kicknosway (Tansi Cree)
Bridget Tolley ~ Daughter of Gladys Tolley
Gladys Radek ~ Aunt of Tamara Chipman
Beverley Jacobs ~ Cousin of Tashina General
Sue Martin ~ mother of Terri Ann Dauphinais
Sage Hele & Colleen Hele ~ Sister of Charmaine Hele
Cindy McLachlan and Lana Jackson ~ Sister of Lynn Jackson
Lana Jackson ~ Sister of Lynn Jackson
Laurie Odjick ~ Mother of Maisy Odjick
Caroline Mathewsie ~ mother of Shannon Alexander
Lita Blacksmith ~ Mother of Lorna Blacksmith
Doreen Morrisseau ~ Mother of Kelly Morriseau
Sharon Johnson ~ Sister of Sandra Kaye Johnson
Aileen Joseph ~ Mother of Shelley Joseph
Amy Miller ~ Mother of Denise Bourdeau: Jan 17/67-Jan.07.
Michele Pineault ~ Mother of Stephanie Lane
Interview with Bridget Tolley and Kristen Gilchrist of Families of Sisters in Spirit: