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

 

Vigil for the 500+ missing & murdered Aboriginal women

Help raise awareness about the violence and injustice suffered by Aboriginal women in Canada!

When: Friday, March 18th, 2pm
Where: Parliament Hill

* Click the images to download the posters

The McGill University Human Rights Working Group invites you take part in a vigil at Parliament Hill taking place Friday, March 18th at 2pm. The vigil will be the culmination of a two-week campaign in which McGill students, faculty and friends will strive to collect over 500 pairs of women’s shoes to be displayed on the steps of Parliament as a symbolic representation of the missing and murdered women. The shoes will be donated to women’s shelters in Ottawa and Montreal following the event.

Speakers at the vigil will include Kristen Gilchrist, Bridget Tolley and Lindsay Mossman. Those with personal stories or insight about the Stolen Sisters are welcome to come forward and share as well.

This event is part of a 13-day program honouring aboriginal women. The McGill Human Rights Working Group, in conjunction with McGill’s Aboriginal Law Students Association, the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, Missing Justice and the Aboriginal Health Group will be hosting a variety of events, beginning March 8th – International Women’s Day.

For more information about any of the events, including shoe donations and group transportation to Ottawa, please contact tiffany.boisvert@mail.mcgill.ca.