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Families of missing and murdered Aboriginal women come to Ottawa to honour their loved ones

    October 04, 2012

     What: Press conference and opportunity to speak with affected families

    When: Morning of Thursday, October 4th, beginning 10:30 am

    Where: Offices of Amnesty International Canada, 312 Laurier Avenue East

    The Families of Sisters in Spirit National Vigil is Thursday October 4th, 6:15pm, on Parliament Hill (Unceded Algonquin Territory).
     In Canada, Indigenous women are at a greater risk of violence than non-Indigenous women. The annual vigil is an opportunity for everyone to show that the epidemic of violence against Indigenous women is unacceptable and must stop.
    This year, an unprecedented number of family members have travelled from across Canada to attend the vigil.

    Bridget Tolley: Daughter of Gladys Tolley killed in Quebec in October 2001

    Gladys Radek: Aunt of Tamara Chipman, missing from Terrace, B.C. Highway 16 (Highway of Tears) since September 2005

    Beverley Jacobs: cousin of Tashina General, who was pregnant when she went missing in January 2008, and was found murdered in April 2008 in Six Nations, Ontario

    Sue Martin: mother of Terrie Ann Dauphinais, murdered in her home in Calgary in April 2002

    Sage Hele and Colleen Hele: nephew and sister of Charmaine Hele, murdered in Edmonton in July 1990

    Cindy McLachlan and Lana Jackson: friend and sister of Lynn Jackson, killed outside Wetaskawin, AB in June 2004.

    Laurie Odjick: mother of Maisy Odjick, missing from Maniwaki, Quebec since September 2008

    Caroline Mathewsie: mother of Shannon Alexander, missing from Maniwaki, Quebec since September 2008

    Lita Blacksmith: mother of Lorna Blacksmith, missing from Winnipeg in December 2011, found murdered in June 2012

    Doreen Morrisseau: mother of Kelly Morriseau, who was pregnant when she was murdered in Gatineau Park, Quebec in December 2006

    Sharon Johnson: sister of Sandra Kaye Johnson, murdered in Thunder Bay in February 1992

    Aileen and Sheena Joseph: mother and daughter of Shelley Joseph, murdered in Hamilton in July 2004

    Amy Miller: mother of Denise Bourdeau, missing December 2006, found murdered in Kitchener, Ontario in April 2007

    Michele Pineault: mother of Stephanie Lane, murdered in Vancouver in January 1997

    Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS) is a volunteer, grassroots, non-profit organization led by families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

    Beth Berton-Hunter,
    Media Relations,
    Amnesty International Canada
    416-363-9933, ext. 332

    Kristen Gilchrist 613-321-0872

    Bridget Tolley 819-441-4536