Missing and murdered aboriginal women will be remembered and honoured in Brandon on Thursday.
The Sisters in Spirit Vigil begins at 11 a.m. at the Brandon Friendship Centre. People are invited to walk with the group to Dinsdale Park for a special flower petals ceremony.
The group will then drive to 205 College Ave., where speeches will be delivered, as well as a closing song and prayer.
Sisters in Spirit is a national initiative with more than 110 vigils taking place coast-to-coast.
“The violence experienced by aboriginal women and girls in Canada is a national tragedy. We must take the time to give thanks to the families who have inspired the SIS movement and who are our reason we all continue to demand action,” states the Native Women’s Association of Canada website.
“We firmly believe that Sisters in Spirit Vigils are a movement for social change. In only four short years, the number of SIS Vigils has grown from 11 in 2006 to an impressive 84 vigils in 2011 ... No other event in Canada brings so many aboriginal communities and Canadian citizens together to specifically celebrate, honour and support aboriginal women and girls.”
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 3, 2012