Missing women march to be held Tuesday

  • Sep. 30, 2011 12:00 p.m.

Haida Gwaiians will march to honour missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada next Tuesday. The Sisters in Spirit initiative, held every year on Oct. 4, was launched by the Native Women’s Association of Canada six years ago, says Islands Women Society outreach coordinator Nadine Jones. In 2009, 72 vigils were held nationwide. According to the numbers, the highest percentage of missing women in the country have been reported in BC. Part of the Sisters in Spirit Initiative has included work on a groundbreaking database that tracks cases about missing and murdered aboriginal women. That database now includes almost 600 cases across the country, and has been credited as the catalyst for pushing the issue into public consciousness. Ms Jones said last year islanders participated locally in the nation-wide initiative for the first time, but chose not to do a march. “We held a fire burning ceremony at the Kaay centre,” said Ms Jones. Later, some staff from the Skidegate Health Centre went to Smithers and Kispiox to attend events around the Highway of Tears. They were given a carved paddle in thanks for their support and this paddle will be carried in the Oct. 4 march. The march starts at the Skidegate Health Centre at 12 noon Tuesday. Everyone is welcome to join in and to bring signs or banners. “The more people, the more impact,” Ms Jones said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

On the Wing: Interpretation of the natural world

By Margo Hearne It’s summer on Haida Gwaii. A quieter time for… Continue reading

Editorial: Hello and haawa Haida Gwaii

An introduction to Local Journalism Initiative reporter Karissa Gall

More parks, trails and protected areas reopen for local day use on Haida Gwaii

Council of the Haida Nation announced more reopenings on Friday, July 3

PHOTOS: Haida Gwaii residents mark Canada Day with mini parade and more

Rainmakers also performed on Canada Day, but singer Julia Weder said they call it ‘occupation day’

Skidegate celebrates 2020 grads with button blanket ceremony

Graduating students celebrated with Haida singing, drumming, speeches and custom button blankets

B.C. accommodators need phone lines to light up as in-province travel given green light

Travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have decimated the tourism and hospitality industries

300 Cache Creek residents on evacuation alert due to flood risk as river rises

Heavy rainfall on Canada Day has river rising steadily, threatening 175 properties

First glimpse of Canada’s true COVID-19 infection rate expected mid-July

At least 105,000 Canadians have tested positive for COVID-19 since the coronavirus was identified

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Okanagan school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Buffeted by invisible forces and just plain worn out, the United States of America celebrates its 244th birthday

Stop enforcing sex work laws during COVID-19, advocates say

There are provisions in Canada’s prostitution laws that make workers immune from prosecution, but not from arrest

Most Read