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Every October, communities across Canada come together to honour the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) and to stand alongside their families to offer support, educate the public, and commemorate the lives of our Indigenous women and girls.
The Native Women’s Association of Canada and the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto are proud to host the annual Sisters In Spirit Vigil.
With over 1,000 cases of MMIW recorded by the RCMP from 1980 to 2012, it is clear that the prevalence of violence towards Indigenous women is a national tragedy. The annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil gathers community members and encourages them to raise their voices. We come together and demand action to prevent the loss of our mothers, aunties, sisters, and daughters.
In 2014, the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto introduced a full week of events leading up to the Sisters in Spirit Vigil. These events were initiated in an effort to empower the community, dispel myths and stereotypes, support grieving families, and raise awareness in the Toronto area about the experiences of Indigenous women and girls. In 2015, the week of events included healing through art, a private Sweetgrass Ceremony for families and community members affected by MMIW, an Amnesty International Toronto letter writing campaign, a presentation and teach-in on Dispelling Myths and Stereotypes about MMIW, and a social media campaign to raise awareness about Sisters in Spirit and MMIW.
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