Listen back to coverage from the Sisters in Spirit March & Vigil

Listen back to CKUT Community News Collective live from the 8th annual Sisters in Spirit March & Vigil for Missing and Murdered Women. It was Friday, October 4th at Cabot Square. We heard from the Buffalo Hat Singers, Norman Achneepineskum, WarriorMinded, Anik Sioui, elder John Cree, Viviane Michel, Melissa Dupuis and others!

You can hear the podcast here.

Missing Justice and the Centre for Gender Advocacy invite you to come out and show your support in Montreal this October 4th at the Annual Sisters in Spirit Memorial March and Vigil. Bridget Tolley founded the March and Vigil in 2005, which happens every year on the anniversary of her mother’s Gladys Tolley’s death. Since then, the march has been organized all across the country on that day. Marches are now held in communities across Canada, in the hundreds, with one march being held as far away as Nicaragua, showing us that the problem of Indigenous women being disproportionately affected by violence is one of colonized Nations worldwide.

Invited guests will include Buffalo Hat Singers, Norman Achneepineskum, Harvey Michel, Anik Sioui, Viviane Michel (Quebec Native Women), Melissa Dupuis (Idle No More) and others! CKUT will broadcast interviews live on site from 5-6pm and carrying the speeches until 7pm. After that we will be marching in solidarity with our stolen sisters.

The purpose of this event is to honour the memories of missing and murdered women and girls, raise awareness, and demand that the government support the actions of families and communities and restore research funding to Sisters in Spirit (SIS), an initiative of the Native Women’s Association of Canada which was responsible for conducting groundbreaking research between 2004 and 2010 on the now known-of cases. Although their work is far from finished, the government insists that action must take the place of research, and instead of funding the research, community work, and actions of SIS, are instead diverting resources to a generic RCMP-led missing persons database, as well as vastly facilitating police power to obtain warrants and to install wiretaps. Many believe that both of these police privileges will be used to further allow the government of Canada’s criminalization of Native communities rather than increasing the safety of Native women.