Fill the Hill on 4 Oct: Show Indigenous women are loved & valued!

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:

  1. Join us to Fill the Hill on 4 Oct, 6:15pm – 7:15pm!
  2. Share this page, and share the video about the Oct 4 Vigil: http://youtu.be/wnjuImXPn0o. If you are on Facebook, invite your friends.
  3. 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: familiesofsistersinspirit@gmail.com
– connect with us on Facebook through the Families of Sisters in Spirit page

PS – If you cannot join us for the Vigil in Ottawa, please note there will be 111 Vigils across Canada, find or start one near you! www.nwac.ca/programs/2012-vigil-locations

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

Drumming ~

  • Apachitwane Kicknosway (Tansi Cree)
  • Irene C
  • Tania D

Families ♥

  • 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

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Interview with Bridget Tolley and Kristen Gilchrist of Families of Sisters in Spirit:

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A Brief History of the Marginalization of Aboriginal Women in Canada: http://indigenousfoundations.arts.ubc.ca/home/community-politics/marginalization-of-aboriginal-women.html

 

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Honouring Indigenous Women Campaign Launch Party!

The Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa (IPSMO) is inviting you to the launch of its Honouring Indigenous Women Campaign and its Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nations – Vol. 1 booklet!

Click to download the poster and spread the word!

7 – 9 PM. Monday, March 19, 2012
Arts Court Studio, 2 Daly Ave. Ottawa
Unceded Algonquin Territory

Join us for a night of poetry, drumming and more, in celebration of the Power of Indigenous Women and their Special Relationship to Water!

To invite your friends via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/320011758055132/

MC: Cindy Gaudet (Métis)

Opening ceremony and women’s teaching by Verna McGregor (Algonquin) and Elaine Kicknosway (Swampy Cree from Northern Saskatchewan)

Featuring …..

Ruby Arnga-naaq (Inuit)
Earth Mothers women drumming group
Water teaching by Grandmother Francine Payer
Vera Wabegijig (Ojibwe),
Suzanne Keeptwo (Métis – Algonquin/French & Irish descent),
Jaime Koebel (Métis),
David Groulx (Ojibwe/Métis)

* There will be items made by Indigenous peoples for sale at this event.

About our campaign:

Our Honouring Indigenous Women Campaign aims at raising awareness on and putting an end to the violence perpetrated against Indigenous women. As a group mostly composed of non-Indigenous peoples who have participated or been complicit in the past and present colonization of Native peoples and lands, it is of utmost importance for us to support the work of Indigenous peoples in this regard. This campaign is an act of solidarity, and aims at supporting existing efforts from Indigenous women. As such, we are hoping to mobilize over 500 people to take part in the annual Families of Sisters in Spirit Vigil organized in Ottawa on October 4th.

This campaign also aims at understanding the links between violence against Indigenous women, colonialism, land and Indigenous Sovereignty. We echo the demands for equity, justice, and decolonization formulated by Indigenous women whom we have tremendous respect for.

We support self-determination of Indigenous peoples and work towards creating and maintaining respectful relationships with the First peoples of this land.

The campaign would not be as strong without the publication of the Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nation-Vol. 1 . The booklet, composed of five sections – Struggle, Resistance, Power, Liberation, and Be Solidarity, gives to Indigenous women their due space to express their lived realities through various art forms. Through this publication, we strive to augment the voices of Indigenous women in their many efforts to break the silence surrounding the systemic violence perpetuated by colonialism. It is, for us, a concrete and creative form of solidarity.

As a wise woman told us, we cannot achieve the ethic of respect by formulating demands, we will clearly state our hopes and expectations for this campaign and beyond, as well as announce our upcoming projects at our March 19th event. Stay tune!

To download Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nation-Vol. 1:  https://ipsmo.wordpress.com/honouring-indigenous-women/

Understanding violence against Indigenous women: