Sisters in Spirit Vigil for Murdered and Missing Women and Girls 
The City of Timmins acknowledges October 4 as a day to honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two spirit people (MMIWG). The day is often commemorated with Sisters in Spirit vigils and events in communities across the country and is one of ten Indigenous days officially recognized by the City of Timmins.

“The City is dedicated to encouraging education and understanding with the goal of fostering reconciliation,” says Mayor George Pirie. “It is important that we show support for Indigenous women and girls. While there is always more work to be done, honouring this day is one way that we can rally together as a community to support, inform, and build relationships.”

The Timmins Native Friendship Centre has planned a week of activities including a candle light vigil this Thursday, October 7 at 10:00 a.m. Candles can be picked up in advance at Timmins Native Friendship Centre. COVID-19 safety measures will be in effect. Please wear a mask and be mindful of social distancing.

“The Government of Canada's statistics show that Indigenous women are five times more likely to die as a result of violence than other women,” says Councillor Kristin Murray. “The City of Timmins' Indigenous Advisory Committee and the City of Timmins' Violence Against Women Advisory Committee recognize that Timmins is home to many Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse people; as such we have a responsibility to collectively engage in working towards addressing this issue as well as demanding change.”

The Native Women’s Association of Canada is a great resource for those wanting more information about the Sister in Spirit movement and how to create meaningful moments of dialogue and reflection that support Indigenous women, girls, LGBTQ+ and two spirit people.
Posted by Amanda Dyer On 10/4/2021 at 1:21 PM  

 
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