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2017 Sisters in Spirit Vigils

October 4th is a day where we honour the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). The violence experienced by Indigenous women and girls in Canada is a national tragedy. We must take the time to give thanks to the families who are our reason for demanding continued action.

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Ontario Sisters in Spirit Vigil Events

Brantford, ON – The Brantford Native Housing Healing and Wellness Program will be hosting a vigil with speakers and supper on October 4th, 2017 beginning at 7PM.

Cochrane, ON – The Ininew Friendship Centre will be hosting a candlelight vigil on October 4th, 2017. The vigil will take place in the Healing Garden and will include a women’s pipe ceremony, tobacco ties and a sacred fire.

Geraldton , ON – The Ontario Native Women’s Association will be hosting a candlelight vigil in Geraldton on October 4th 2017. It will be held at the ONWA Geraldton Site at 6PM.

Guelph, ON – The Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis will be hosting an event on October 4th 2017. It will be held at Marianne’s Park, which is at Gordon St and James St. Start time is TBD.

Kingston, ON – A group of organizations will be hosting a vigil on October 4th, 2017 at the Tyendinaga Pow Wow grounds from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM. The hosting organizations are the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston, Amnesty International Napanee, ONWA, Ontario Native Women’s Association Tyendinaga, Red Cedars, Kingston Interval House.

Midland, ON – The Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre will be hosting a march, rally and candlelight vigil on October 4th, 2017 beginning at 5PM. The march will begin at the Friendship centre, 562 King St and proceed to Neezhoday Park.

Newmarket, ON – The Trinity United Church will be hosting a candlelight vigil and conversation on October 4th, 2017 from 6PM – 9PM.

North Bay, ON – The Ojibway Women’s Lodge will be hosting a candlelight vigil and walk on October 4th, 2017 from 6PM – 8:30PM.

Ottawa, ON – The RCMP will be hosting a moment of silence at the RCMP Headquarters in Ottawa, ON at 11 am on October 4th 2017. The RCMP Headquarters is located at 73 Leikin Drive, Ottawa , ON.

Ottawa, ON – ACFO Ottawa will be hosting a moment of silence on October 4th 2017 at 1 PM. ACFO Ottawa accueillera un moment de silence le 4 octobre 2017 à 13 heures.

Owen Sound, ON – OPSEU Indigenous Circle Region 2 and the M’Wikwedong Native Cultural Centre will be hosting a vigil and Full Moon Ceremony on October 4th 2017. The vigil will take place at the Friendship Centre beginning at 6 PM and organizers invite women to wear red.

Picton, ON – The St Gregory’s Catholic Church’s Catholic Women’s League have invited all parish members to say the rosary on October 4th, 2017 for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and their Families.

Red Lake, ON – The Red Lake Indian Friendship Centre will be hosting a march at 7PM on October 4th, 2017. The march will begin at Centennial Park and proceed to the Red Lake Indian Friendship Centre where there will be a candlelight vigil.

Sioux Lookout, ON – The Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre will be hosting a march , moment of silence and candle light vigil on October 4th, 2017 beginning at 7 PM.

St Williams, ON – The County of Oxford will be hosting a march with women’s drumming, moment of silence a candle light vigil on October 4th, 2017 beginning at 7:30PM.

Sudbury, ON – The N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre and the Greater Sudbury Police Service will be hosting a march and vigil on October 4th 2017. The vigil will include a moment of silence, prayer and song, followed by a march returning to the Friendship Centre for a feast. The vigil begins at 10 AM and ends at 1PM.

Thorold, ON – The MNO Niagara Council and the Métis Nation of Ontario will be hosting a candlelight vigil on October 4th 2017. The vigil will take place at the MNO Thorold office from 7 PM to 9PM and will include smudging, drumming and a release of balloons.

Thunder Bay, ON – The Ontario Native Women’s Association will be hosting a gathering to honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Thunder Bay on October 4th 2017. There will be a sacred fire, a moment of silence, and offering of semaa to the sacred fire with the names of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. It will be held at the ONWA Thunder Bay Site from 12PM-2PM.

Toronto, ON – The Native Women’s Resource Centre in Toronto, ON will be hosting a feast, vigil and prayers on October 4th, 2017. The feast and vigil will take place at 191 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, ON beginning at 5PM.

Toronto, ON – the YWCA Women’s Shelter will be hosting a vigil on October 4th 2017 at 6:30 PM.