'Take back the Night Spirit Walk' at Saugeen First Nation
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September 25, 2015


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Women Drummers

The 6th annual 'Take back the Night Spirit Walk' was held at  Saugeen First Nation on September 23rd, sponsored by the Kabaeshiwim Respite Women's Shelter and Building Healthy Communities/Family Violence.

The attendance was large this year with not only many men and children walking but also three buses of people from Unifor walked and carried placards reading 'Stop the Violence.

In addition, there were several organizations from the community including the Southampton United, St. Paul's Anglican and St. Andrew's Presbyterian churches and the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW).

The ceremony began with the traditional women drummers lead by Lori Kewaquom followed by the Spirit Walk to the monument that has been built in tribute to missing and murdered aboriginal girls and women.  Many also stopped at the Sacred Fire to walk through a tobacco smudge and say a prayer.


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Kevin Hart, DLM at Wesley United Church of Saugeen, emceed the event and Joyce Johnson spoke of how everyone must remain positive and that the plight of the missing women was so much more known and talked about now.

A Feast was prepared for all at the church and the candlelight vigil and 13 women laid 13 roses at the monument - one for every 100 of those missing and murdered.

At the end of the candlelight vigil, the candles were left at the memorial.

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