Each year since 2006, vigils have been held across Canada on October 4 to honour the memory of the more than 4,000 missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and to demand justice and action to end the violence. This year the Native Women’s Association of Canada held its national vigil online while local walks and vigils took place in a number of cities.
The disappearances and deaths of Indigenous women and girls are part of ongoing treatment of Indigenous peoples on a racist and colonial basis which considers them to be a nuisance for whom no accounts need be rendered. The problem “isn’t really high on our radar” as former Prime Minister Stephen Harper infamously put it when he was in office, while the actions of the current federal government are similarly based on colonial considerations. Police and authorities often dismiss cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls as suicides or runaways “not wanting to be found” while no action is taken on living conditions on reserves or the conditions of life in the urban centres. [More]
St. Anne’s Indian Residential School, located near Fort Albany in northern Ontario, operated from 1902 to 1976. The school was run by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, a Catholic Order, with funding from the federal government. Cree children from Fort Albany First Nation and Indigenous children from the surrounding area were sent to St. Anne’s during this time. The so-called school left a legacy of emotional, physical, sexual, mental, and spiritual abuse for the survivors, their families, and their children. [More]
30th Annual Take Back the Night March in Prince George
The 30th Annual Take Back the Night march was held in Prince George on September 23 to honour the memory of the women and girls who have not survived violence, to celebrate those who have, and to demand an end to all forms of violence against women and children. [More]