“Unfortunately, the Candle of Tears Memorial monument in honour of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women was stolen from its resting place at Chippewa River north of Sault Ste. Marie. The police have been called. Please keep an eye out for it on your travels. We have so much more work to do.” Dean Sayers
The above post was shared by Chief Dean Sayers, Batchewana First Nation to the Candle of Tears Facebook Page, Gaa-nchi-gaazjig Nishnaabekwe’og on Wed., Dec. 23rd.
After travelling north along Hwy 11/17 from The Sault to Chippewa River on Sunday December 20th, 2015, all persons gathered around a sacred fire, where the Candle of Tears Staff was permanently placed through ceremony and blessings. The ground surrounding the Candle of Tears Staff was also blessed.
“The creation of the 10 foot candle tear monument staff, walk and ceremony came from an elder who had a vision. While walking through the bush he was thinking of how we could bring a light to the families of those whom have lost a loved one to violence. The vision of a staff that was a crying candle, which would be seen all over the world came to him. That night and the next night that followed as he laid down to sleep, the spirits of womyn came, one after the other, each smiling happy that this symbolic light is going to stand planted in the center of this land we call Canada.”
If you have any information about this total affront to all that is good and decent .. … Please reach out to Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or 705-942-7867 & at http://saultcrimestoppers
or the Batchewana First Nation Police Service at 705-759-0914, or
1-877-236-2632 or at http://batchewana.ca
Bring the Candle of Tears Staff home, to her rightful place .. in sacred ground at Chippewa River. miigwech.