Families of missing and murdered Aboriginal women come to Ottawa to honour their loved ones
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.
Amnesty International Canada
416-363-9933, ext. 332
Kristen Gilchrist 613-321-0872
Bridget Tolley 819-441-4536