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 Saugeen Memorial to Missing & Murdered Aboriginal Women

 

September 16, 2014

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The 5th annual S.I.S/TBTN March and Rally being held at the Saugeen First Nation will include the unveiling of a Memorial Monument to honour the 1200 (known) missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada.

This is an epidemic that is spreading across our country. It is only by raising awareness across Turtle Island (Canada) with similar events and protests held, that we can bring much needed focus to the continued disappearances of our women and girls.

According to the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s database; the number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls missing in Canada is disproportionately high with 10% of all female homicides in Canada involving Aboriginal women. This is amongst a people who make up only 3% of the female population. Most of the cases are from the last 10 years, many of these cases occurred in urban areas (70%), and almost half of the cases remain unsolved.

We extend an open invitation to Saugeen and surrounding areas to support our communities and demand a call to action by the Canadian government to conduct an Inquiry. Most importantly we want to remember and honour in memoriam, those women and girls who never made it home, who have gone missing or were murdered in their own country.

The event will be held on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the march from the Kabaeshiwim Women’s Shelter to the Wesley United Church with a light supper available at the church. The event will include guest speaker, Laurie Odjick (her daughter, Maisy Odjick went missing in 2008) Chief Vernon Roote on behalf of Chief and Council, and a message from the United Church of Canada.

The ceremony and dedication of the monument will be completed by an Elder and the Employment and Training program representative from within the community.

 

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“Is now the time to make that change? Is now the time we say no more stolen sisters? We say that violence against women must stop. And if we go home and do nothing about this it’s a missed opportunity,” says Wab Kinew. (Canadian Indigenous musician)

The event is sponsored by the following Saugeen First Nation programs: Kabaeshiwim Women’s Shelter, Employment and Training Centre, Building Healthy Communities/Family Violence Programs, and the Wesley United Church.

For more information, call Laureen Cote at 519-797-3792 or Cheryl George 519-797-2521.



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