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Sisters In Spirit Vigils – A Movement for Social Change

Posted: Tuesday, 4 October 2011

October 4th is the day we honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls; on October 4th 2011 call on the federal government to stop ignoring this national crisis and take action.

Each year, on October 4th, communities across Canada come together to honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. We remember the lives of sisters, daughters, mothers and grandmothers tragically taken from us. Today, we offer our support to their families and we join with them in demanding justice.

“It is unacceptable that the government continues to ignore the ongoing violence against Aboriginal women and girls. We stand in remembrance and solidarity with the families, national aboriginal organizations, allies and the Sisters In Spirit movement.”

--Barbara Byers, Executive Vice-President, Canadian Labour Congress

The Canadian Labour Congress joins our allies and calls on the federal government to institute a comprehensive national action plan that will:

  • Ensure Indigenous women's access to justice, including effective and unbiased police response to all cases of missing and murdered women and new investigations of cases where police misconduct has occurred;
  • Improve public awareness and accountability through the consistent collection and publication of comprehensive national statistics on rates of violent crime against Indigenous women;
  • Provide adequate, stable funding to the frontline organizations that provide culturally-appropriate services such as shelter, support and counselling for Indigenous women and girls and their communities;
  • Address the root causes of violence against Indigenous women, including by closing the economic gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people;
  • Eliminate inequalities in the services available to Aboriginal children, in particular, through the child welfare system.

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