Posted: October 4, 2018
Today, October 4th is a day where we honour the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).
October 4th vigils across Canada are held to to honour the memory of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Gatherings serve to raise awareness and to provide support to families who have lost a loved one.
“For years, communities have pointed to the high numbers of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada. The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) has been honoured to work with families of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls to share the story of their loved one. As part of the storytelling process, families’ are also invited to share their experiences with the justice system, media, victim services and other institutional and community supports.
Storytelling is a way of teaching and learning. The stories shared by family members are intended to raise awareness, educate, and promote change. They have been told to honour the daughters, sisters, mothers and grandmothers that have been lost to violence and remember those still missing. This is what their stories tell us.”
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