October 4th is a day where we honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. The violence experienced by Aboriginal women and girls in Canada is a national tragedy. We must take the time to give thanks to the families who have inspired the SIS movement and who are our reason we all continue to demand action.
Together with our partners Amnesty International Canada, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC), and Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) we rally SIS advocates to host vigils in their own community. As a symbol of our partnership and commitment to the issue, our organizations craft a Joint Statment. Supporters from across the country are invited to publically add their orgnanization's name to the document to give it strength and unite under this cause. Once finalized, this statement is read at vigils nationwide on October 4th.
We firmly believe that Sisters In Spirit Vigils are a movement for social change. In only four short years, the number of SIS Vigils has grown from 11 in 2006 to an impressive 84 vigils in 2011.