CHARLOTTETOWN – On Friday, Oct. 4, the Aboriginal Women’s Association of P.E.I., in conjunction with the Native Women’s Association of Canada and the Native Council of P.E.I., are presenting the eighth annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil.
This year, it will be held at Confederation Landing in Charlottetown from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All women, men, and children from every culture and corner of Prince Edward Island are invited to join in.
Each year, concerned citizens and Aboriginal community members gather nationally and internationally, on Oct. 4 to honour the lives of the murdered and missing Aboriginal Women in Canada. The purpose of this vigil is to remember and raise public awareness about missing and murdered Aboriginal women with a goal of one day, ending the violence against all women.
The Aboriginal Women’s Association of P.E.I., as well as their supporting partners: Native Council of P.E.I., Family PRIDE Program (Mi’kmaq Confederacy of P.E.I.), Abegweit Wellness Centre, Chief Mary Bernard Memorial Women’s Shelter (LIFN Health Centre), P.E.I. Interministerial Women's Secretariat and P.E.I. Advisory Council on the Status of Women, are proud to show their support.
The Canadian Association of Social Workers is also encouraging social workers and all Canadians to join one of the 177 Sisters in Spirit Vigils organized nationwide on Oct. 4 to call on levels of government to work with Aboriginal women and representative organizations to address the high numbers of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada.
CASW has endorsed a joint statement drafted by the Native Women’s Association of Canada to be read nationwide at each rally across Canada at the Sisters In Spirit Vigils.
The premiers of Canada’s provinces and territories have publicly committed their support for a national inquiry into murdered and missing Aboriginal women. The UN Human Rights Council for Canada has recently called for the Government of Canada to develop a comprehensive national review to end violence against Aboriginal women. The CASW believe it’s time for the government of Canada respond appropriately.