What are you doing October 4th?
Sisters in Spirit Vigil
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Province House, Charlottetown
10am – 12pm
To participate in the Remembrance Walk meet at Peakes Quay Wharf, end of Great George Street, at 9am.
The Aboriginal Women’s Association of PEI, in conjunction with the Native Women’s Association of Canada are pleased to announce the 4th annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil. Each year, concerned citizens and Aboriginal community members gather nationally on October 4th to honour the lives of murdered and missing Aboriginal women in Canada.
As for PEI, we will be gathering at the Peakes Quay Wharf in Charlottetown where we will begin our “walk for remembrance” to Province House. The SIS event will proceed with our speakers, including the AWAPEI president, Judy Clark, who will deliver a brief address to the public. The vigil will conclude with a balloon release and a public BBQ for all to attend.
The Aboriginal Women’s Association of PEI, as well as our supporting partners: Native Council of PEI, Familt Pride Program (Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI), Abegweit Wellness Centre, Chief Mary Bernard Memorial Women’s Shelter (LIFN Health Centre), LIFN Cultural Program, the PEI Interministerial Women’s Secretariat, and the PEI Advisory on the Status of Women are proud to show our support and are committed to raising awareness for our “Stolen Sisters” and to “Stop the Violence” in Prince Edward Island.
For more information please contact June K. Lewis or Madlene Sark at the AWAPEI office: (902) 831-3059 or for information on the Sisters in Spirit initiative (NWAC) visit www.nwac-hc.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sisters in Spirit initiative of the Native Women’s Association of Canada is a research, education and policy initiative that aims to address violence against Aboriginal (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) women, particularly racialized and/or sexualized violence, that is, violence perpetrated against Aboriginal women because of their gender and Aboriginal identity.
The Sisters in Spirit project has led to some very valuable resources. Here are links to just two of the publications:
- SIS-Research-Report A research report that tells the story of the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women, showing how each of the profiled women is loved and missed by their families and communities.
- SIS-Education-Toolkit A community education toolkit to help learn more about the Sisters in Spirit initiative and how we can all advocate for end to racialized, sexualized gender violence against Aboriginal women.