Take back the night

  • Oct. 4, 2013 7:00 a.m.

submitted by: The Haida Gwaii Society for Community PeaceTake Back the Night is back again this year! Last year the Haida Gwaii Society for Community Peace sponsored a Take Back the Night march that happened at the Youth Centre Longhouse, and had approximately 20 people show up in support of the cause. Take Back the Night, for those who don’t know, is an international protest event that seeks to raise awareness of the issues of rape and other forms of sexual violence against women. The event typically involves a march through the streets of a community as a way to communicate that violence towards women is an issue that needs to be addressed. Specifically the marches serve to spread the message that women should be safe to walk alone at night, without the fear of being assaulted or harassed. This year however, we want to expand on this mission, to include a vigil for Sisters in Spirit (SIS) – where we can remember and honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women. SIS vigils and events are important because in March 2010, the Native Women’s Association of Canada released a report documenting that more than 582 Aboriginal women and girls have gone missing or been murdered in Canada. That this many Aboriginal women and girls have been lost to violence in this country more than legitimizes this as a human rights crisis facing Canada today. Come join in a vigil and march tonight, Thursday October 3, at 7:30 pm at the Old Massett Youth Centre Longhouse! Men, women and families are all welcome! Everyone is encouraged to bring any noisemakers, drums, and other instruments to make some noise as we take a short walk to spread our message of anti-violence. For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Rachel at 626-6052 or stv.hgspeace@mhtv.ca.

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