Sisters in Spirit Honour Women and Families Lost to Violence


On Thursday night, a sacred fire and feast took place by the boardwalk to remember and honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).

The Sisters in Spirit Vigil that was hosted in Sault Ste. Marie was one of two hundred that took place across Canada on October 4th.

Despite cold weather and strong winds, warmth emanated from the wood fire, the smell of smudge and hearty soup keeping attendees toasty and comfortable as they shared an intimate vigil.

ONNtv had the opportunity to speak with Barbara Day, Program Support Worker at Nimkii Naabkawagan Family Crisis Shelter, one of the event organizers.

In addition to sharing food, singing together and offering prayers for those lost, the sharing circle provided an opportunity for event attendees to express their feelings, concerns and hopes for the future of Indigenous women and children currently trapped in the cycle of human trafficking, abusive relationships, as well as the emotional reasons why this topic is so important to them.

They hope to generate awareness and education on the reality many First Nations communities face, so that real social and policy change can take place.

While the Government of Canada has launched the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in December 2015, there is still a lot of work to be done in order to bring any form of justice to Canada’s First Nations communities. The government is being criticized by Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups alike for their failure to adhere to timelines and to communicate effectively.