October 4th Vigils

Make this October 4th a Movement for Social Change

October 4th is a day where we honour the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). The violence experienced by Indigenous women and girls in Canada is a national tragedy. We must take the time to give thanks to the families who are our reason for demanding continued action.

A vigil can take many forms, from a moment of silence, to a rally, to a community feast. All that is important is that you take some time on or around October 4th to mark the day.

We firmly believe that the October 4th Sisters In Spirit Vigils are a movement for social change. The number of SIS Vigils has grown from 11 in 2006 to an impressive 216 vigils in 2014.

Family members, Indigenous community members, and concerned citizens gather for a vigil every October 4th to honour the memory of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Vigils take place in many communities across Canada as well as internationally. These gatherings serve to raise awareness and to provide support to families who have lost a loved one.

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The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) produced a document in 2015 that is designed to help friends and supporters responsibly engage with addressing the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).  In addition to fact sheets on MMIWG and the root causes of violence against Indigenous women and girls, the NWAC Community Resource Guide contains useful tools for getting involved and making your SIS Vigil a success.  On page 15 and throughout the guide, get all of the information you’ll need to know about the SIS Vigils so that you can best deliver the important message of this community-based project.

NWAC Community Resource Guide

Upcoming October 4th SIS Vigils

200+ SIS Vigils and Counting!

Alberta

Athabasca, AB – The Athabasca Native Friendship Centre Society will be hosting a walk on October 4th, 2017 at 5PM. Following the walk will be a dinner with speakers.

Calgary, AB – The Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society will be hosting a march on October 4th, 2017. Beginning at Stephen Ave Mall and 3rd St SW at 11:30 am the march will end at Olympic Plaza for a vigil and official ceremony.

Edmonton, AB – The All Saints Anglican Cathedral is hosting a memorial service vigil that includes smudging and lighting candles on October 4th, 2017 at 7PM in the All Saints Anglican Cathedral.

Edmonton, AB – The Faculty of Native Studies will be hosting a vigil that includes prayer and smudge at noon in front of Pembina Hall, with tea and bannock to follow, on October 4th, 2017 at noon.

Edmonton, AB – The Landing (A Space for Gender and Sexual Diversity) will be hosting a moment of silence and discussion on MMIWG2S beginning at 3:30PM on October 4th, 2017. The discussion will take place at 0-68A Lower Level, Students’ Union Building, at the University of Alberta.

Fort McMurray, AB – The Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre in Fort McMurray, Alberta, will be hosting a candlelight vigil October 4th 2017. The vigil begins at 7PM at 8310 Manning Ave, Fort McMurray.

Goodfish lake, AB – The Saddle Lake United Church will be hosting a candlelight vigil on October 8th, 2017 at 1PM at Saddle Lake United Church and the Saddle Lake First Nations.

Hinton, AB –  The Hinton Friendship Center will be hosting a vigil that includes speakers, supper, Jingle Dress Dancers and drummers on October 4th, 2017 at 5PM in the Hinton’s Green Square.

Grande Prairie, AB – The Circle of Indigenous Students at Grande Prairie Regional College and the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre will be hosting a candlelight vigil on October 4th 2017. The vigil will include speakers, traditional dancers, and a feast beginning at 5 PM.

High Prairie, AB – The High Prairie Native Friendship Centre in High Prairie, AB will be hosting a candlelight vigil on October 4th 2017. The vigil will begin at 7PM and will include guest speakers, the REDress project in a local park and a balloon release. Following the soup and bannock will be provided at the Friendship Centre.

Lac La Biche, AB – The Lac La Biche Canadian Friendship Centre will be hosting a candlelight vigil with a moment of silence, poems, prayers and smudge on October 4th 2017. The vigil will take place at the Friendship Centre beginning at 11 AM.

Lethbridge, AB – University of Lethbridge: Women Center, Lethbridge Public Interest Research Group and University of Lethbridge: Native American Student Association will be hosting a vigil that includes speakers, jingle dress dancers and drumming, performers and meal. On October 4th, 2017 from 12PM to 3PM at the Marking Hall of the University of Lethbridge.

Lloydminster, AB – The Lakeland College will be hosting a walk with prayers and stories followed by a walk on October 4th, 2017 at 7PM at the cafeteria of the campus.

Olds, AB – The Student Association of Olds College will be hosting a candle light vigil from 9AM to 5PM on October 4th, 2017.

Peace River, AB – Alberta Aboriginal Women’s Society will be hosting a moment of silence on October 4th, 2017 at 6:30PM at the River front park – Peace River. This includes realising balloons, snacks and drinks.

Red Deer, AB – The Red Deer Native Friendship Society and Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery will be hosting a candlelight vigil walk and sharing circle on October 4th, 2017 at 6:30 PM from the Friendship Center to Museum and Arte Gallery.

Rimbey, AB – The Amnesty International Group 116 will be hosting a candlelight vigil at 7:30PM on October 3rd, 2017 at the Beatty Heritage House.

Smoky Lake, AB – The Smoky Lake United Church will be hosting a candlelight vigil at 9:30AM on October 4th, 2017 in The Smoky Lake United Church.

Valleyview, AB – The Sisters in Spirit Committee in Valleyview, AB will be hosting a march on October 4th 2017, at 11 am from 5201-50 Ave to Jubilee Park. At Jubilee Park there will be a vigil with smudging, prayer, Families speaking and drumming.

Wabasca, AB –   The Neepinise Family Healing Center will be hosting a candlelight vigil and a moment of silence, on October 4th, 2017.

British Columbia

Burnaby, BC – The Lakeview Multicultural United Church will be hosting a Candlelight Vigil on October 1, 2017 at 11AM.

Chase, BC – The Neskonlith Indian Band will be hosting a march on October 4th, 2017 beginning at 6:30PM. The march will end in downtown Chase with a candlelight vigil.

Chase, BC – The Status pf women committee Thompson Rivers University, Decolonizing Rape Culture Working Group and Dr. Shelly Johnson CRC will be hosting a sunrise ceremony and a moment of silence on campus on October 4th, 2017 from 8AM to 12PM.

Coal Marbour, BC – The Quatsino Health Clinic will be hosting a candlelight vigil on October 4th, 2017 from 1PM to 9PM.

Coquitlam, BC – Douglas College Coquitlam will be hosting a candlelight vigil on October 3rd, 2017 from 10 am – 2PM. The event will include a slideshow of the REDress project, actions for the community and promotion of ongoing actions to address MMIWG.

Courtenay, BC – The North Island Student Union will be hosting a candlelight vigil on October 4th, 2017 at 10AM. The vigil will take place in the campus Discovery Courtyard and will include Elder’s greetings and a moment of silence.

Dawson Creek, BC – The Nawican Friendship Centre will be hosting a candle light vigil, moment of silence and speakers on October 4th, 2017 at 5PM.

Fort Nelson, BC –The Fort Nelson Aboriginal Friendship Society will be hosting a candlelight vigil with speakers, a moment of silence and meal on October 6th, 2017 at 5PM at the Friendship center.

Harrison Hot Springs, BC – The Agassiz United Church Social Justice and Outreach Committee will be hosting a candlelight vigil at 7PM on October 4th, 2017. The vigil will take place at Agassiz United Church.

Hope, BC – A candlelight vigils and moment of silence will be held in Hope Memorial Park on October 4th, 2017 from 5PM – 7PM. This vigil is hosted by the Shxw’owhamel First Nation, the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, Yale First Nation and the Hope and Area Transition Society.

Kelowna, BC – The Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society in Kelowna, BC will be hosting a march on October 4th, 2017 beginning at 5PM. The march will include a moment of silence and bannock and stew will be provided. The Vigil begins at the Friendship Centre at 442 Leon Ave, Kelowna, BC.

Lillooet, BC – Lillooet Friendship Center Society will be hosting a candle light vigil and a time of silence on October 4th, 2017 at noon.

Mission, BC – The Mission Friendship Centre will be hosting a candlelight vigil on October 4th, 2017 between 6PM and 8PM. This vigil is organized by the family of Chelsea Gauthier and is to honour all MMIWG.

Nanaimo, BC – The Vancouver Island Student Union will be hosting a vigil on October 4th, 2017.

New Westminister, BC – Douglas College New Westminister will be hosting a candlelight vigil on October 4th, 2017 from 10AM – 2PM. The event will include a slideshow of the REDress project, actions for the community and promotion of ongoing actions to address MMIWG.

Old Massett, BC – the Haida Health Centre will be hosting a candlelight vigil and small supper on October 4th, 2017 at the Community Hall.

Oliver, BC – The Osoyoos Indian Band will be hosting a vigil on October 4th, 2017 beginning at 5PM. The vigil will include a dinner, balloon release and speakers.

Penticton, BC – The Okanagan Nation Emergency House and the First Nation Friendship Centre in Vernon will be hosting a dinner, vigil and march on October 4th, 2017 beginning at 5:30PM. The dinner will begin at 5:30PM followed by speakers and a candlelight vigil and march at 7:45PM.

Prince George, BC – the CNC Student Union will be hosting a candlelight vigil from 6PM – 9PM on October 4th, 2017. The vigil will take place at the College of New Caledonia.

Prince Rupert, BC – A free salmon dinner, moment of silence and dance group performance will be hosted on October 3rd, 2017. The vigil will take place at the Nisga’a Hall from 5PM to 8PM. The vigil is hosted by the Coast Salish Transition Society, Gitmaxmak’ay Society and the Friendship House of Prince Rupert.

Port Alberni, BC – the Eight Avenue Learning Centre will be hosting a vigil on October 4th, 2017 beginning at 10AM.

Salt Spring Island, BC – The Island Women Against Violence and Salt Spring Senoirs Services will be hosting a vigil at 6:30 PM on October 4th, 2017. The vigil will take place at Centennial Park.

Smithers, BC – the Dzelkant Friendship Center and the Houston Programs office will be hosting a march and vigil on October 4th, 2017.

Surrey, BC – The Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre will be hosting a candlelight vigil and moment of silence at October 4th, 2017 from 2PM – 4PM.

Vancouver, BC – The Allard Hall Law School of British Columbia, at UBC Vancouver, will be hosting a Candlelight vigil on October 4th 2017. The vigil will begin at 12:30PM and will include a moment of silence and traditional dancers.

Vancouver, BC – The Vancouver School of Theology and the United Church Student Congregation will be hosting a candlelight vigil on October 3rd, 2017 at noon at the room 402.

Vancouver, BC – Langara is hosting a moment of silence taking place at campus on October 4th, 2017 at 1PM.

Vancouver, BC – The Aboriginal Financial Officers Association (AFOA) will be holding a moment of silence at the Building Sustainable Communities through International Networks Conference on October 4th 2017, at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Vancouver, BC – Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada BC Region and CANE will be hosting a moment of silence and drumming at 12PM on October 4th, 2017. The vigil will take place at INAC BC Region in the Lobby, 1138 Melville, Vancouver.

Vancouver, BC – Amnesty International and the BC Federation of Labour will be hosting a vigil on October 4th, 2017 beginning at 6pm. The vigil will take place at Victory Square.

Victoria, BC – Bridges for Women, in Partnership with the Métis Nation of Greater Victoria are hosting a candlelight vigil on October 4th, 2017 in Victoria, BC. This vigil is for clients and staff of the Bridges, if you are interested in attending a vigil please see the Camosun College vigils at Interurban and Lansdowne campuses.

Victoria, BC – The Camosun College First Nations Student Association will be hosting a vigil at the Lansdowne Campus on October 4th 2017 at 11 AM. The vigil will include traditional Coast Salish ceremony and a moment of silence.

Victoria, BC – The Camosun College First Nations Student Association will be hosting a vigil at the Interurban Campus on October 4th 2017 at 2 PM. The vigil will include traditional Coast Salish ceremony and a moment of silence.

Vernon, BC, – The Okanagan Indian Band will be hosting a gathering on October 4th, 2017 beginning at 12:00PM. The gathering will include speakers impacted by MMIWG, a moment of silence and singing.

Whistler, BC – Linda Epp and the Howe Sound Women’s Centre will be hosting a peaceful walk from the Welcome Figure (Pole) in the Village Common area of the Village Stroll to the Olympic Plaza Pole. At the start, invited guests will speak, and there will be an opportunity for families to share their stories. Attendees will have the opportunity to sing and drum “The Woman’s Warrior Song” during the walk. At the end, local First Nation communities will be invited to share more songs and dance. The walk will be followed by healing ceremonies at The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in the Upper Village. Please wear your regalia and bring your hand drum; other participants are encouraged to wear red.

Williams Lake, BC – The Cariboo Friendship Centre Violence is Preventable Committee will be hosting a candlelight vigil on October 20th 2017. The vigil will include a screening of the film ‘Highway of Tears’ followed by the candlelight vigil.

Manitoba

Brandon, MB – The Brandon Friendship Centre will be hosting a tipi dedication at Brandon University on October 4th, 2017 at 4PM. Following the dedication there will be a walk to the river to lay flower petals and a feast.

Brandon, MB – The Brandon Urban Aboriginal People’s Council will be hosting a rally, parade and flag raising at Brandon City Hall on October 4th, 2017 at 4PM.

Pinawa, MB – The Survivor’s Hope Crisis Centre in Pinawa, MB will be hosting a candlelight vigil on October 4th 2017. The vigil will take place at the Pow Wow Grounds on Sagkeeng First Nation.

Portage la Prairie, MB – the Portage Friendship Centre will be hosting a march, feast and candlelight vigil on October 4th, 2017 from 11AM-3PM and 6PM-7PM at the Friendship Centre.

Swan River, MB – Elbert Chartrand friendship centre will be hosting a moment of silence and lunch on October 4th, 2017 at 12 PM.

The Pas, MB – The University College of the North’s Mamawechetotan Centre will be hosting a candlelight vigil and pipe ceremony with sharing and light snacks on October 4th 2017. It will be held at the Mamawechetotan Centre at 6PM.

The Pas, MB – Aurora Ito Use will be hosting an event of Red dresses around town on October 4th, 2017 and an exhibit on December 26th and a library window from November 25th to December 10th.

Winnipeg, MB – The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) will be hosting a vigil for their internal staff, that includes placing hearths in the windows and a staff feast, on October 4th, 2017 at the APTN.

Winnipeg, MB – The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) In-Focus, hosted by Juanita Towtongie, will be holding a minute of silence on air as part of the 2017 October 4th vigils.

New Brunswick

Eel River Bar, NB – Eel River Bar First Nation will be hosting a march on October 4th 2017.

Frederickton, NB – The Wolastoqiyik Sisters in Spirit are hosting a rally and walk on October 4th 2017 in Frederickton, NB. The vigil will begin at 6PM with a healing walk from Officer Square, King Street, ending at St. Anne’s Point, Woodstock Rd.

Fredricton, NB – The Under One Sky Friendship centre will be hosting  a march followed by candle light vigil on October 4th, 2017.

Fredricton, NB – The New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) Fredericton campus will be hosting a school assembly and vigil on October 3rd, 2017 beginning at noon.

Miramichi, NB – the NBCC Miriamichi will be hosting a vigil with Indigenous student advisor and human services program open to students, staff and public, on October 3rd, 2017 at the campus.

Miramichi, NB – The Miramichi Valley High School will be hosting a moment of silence, smudging ceremony, strong women song and hanging red dresses around the school to honor MMIW on October 4th, 2017 from 9AM to 3:30PM.

Red Bank, NB – The Metepenagiag School Elementary will be having an activity with posters on SIS statistics cut out red dresses from September 29th to October 5th at the lobby of the school and community health center.

Tobique First Nation, NB – The Tobique First Nation will be hosting a walk on October 4th, 2017 at the Paul Pyres Community Hall at 6PM. The walk includes prayer, drumming, smudge and offering to the sacred fire.

Woodstock, NB – The New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) will be hosting a march on October 4th, 2017 at 12:15 PM, from the NBCC campus and proceed up Main St to the Court house. At the court house there will be drumming, speakers and presentation of a Feather of Understanding.

Newfoundland & Laborador

Makkonik, NL – The Department of Health and Social Development will be hosting a march, candlelight and a moment of silence on October 4th, 2017 at 2:30PM.

Happy Valley Goose Bay, NL – The Labrador Friendship Centre in Happy Valley Goose Bay, NL, will be hosting a vigil on October 4th 2017. The vigil will take place at 7PM at 49 Grenfell St, Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Following the vigil there will be guest speakers, refreshments provided and Faceless Dolls will be unveiled.

St. Georges, NL – The Bay St. George Mi’kmaw, the culture revival committee and St. Georges Indian band will be hosting a candlelight, opening prayers, song, pipe ceremony and a moment of silence on October 4th, 2017 at 7PM at the K’Taqmkuk Mi’kmaw Cultural Historic Museum.

St. John’s, NL – The Aboriginal Resource office and the Memorial University Student’s Union are hosting vigil that includes remarks from community and university persons with drumming, smudging and a sharing circle, on October 4th, 2017 from 12PM to 2PM in the Landing, Room 3018, University Center.

St Johns, NL – A group of organizations will be hosting a In Her Name Vigil for Missing and Murdered Women and Girls in Newfoundland and Labrador. The vigil will take place at the Colonial Building on October 4th, 2017 at 6:30PM. The event is organized by Violence Preventions – Avalon East, St. Johns Native Friendship Centre, St. Johns Women Centre and the NL Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre.

Northwest Territories

Fort Smith, NWT – The YWCA Sutherland House will be hosting a march, followed by a gathering at the fire pit for a moment of silence, prayers and speeches from guests on October 4th 2017. Refreshments will also be provided. The tentative location is the Northern Life Museum & Cultural Centre. The event will take place from 5:30PM-7:30PM.

Hay River, NWT – The Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre will be hosting a vigil on October 4th 2017. The vigil will begin at 3 PM and include a march, moment of silence and candlelight vigil.

Inuvik, NWT – FILU Victim Services will be hosting a vigil that includes opening prayers, ceremonial fire, sharing circle, paper hearts to “plant” in Styrofoam “garden, minute of silence and closing prayers. On October 4th, 2017 at 6:30PM

Yellowknife, NWT – The Native Women’s Association of the NWT will be hosting a march on October 4th, 2017. The march will begin at City Hall at 11:30AM.

Nova Scotia

Antigonish, NS – The Paqtnkek First Nation will be hosting a walk, potluck and candlelight vigil on October 4th, 2017 at 3PM- 7PM.

Halifax, NS – The Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre will be hosting a vigil on October 4th, 2017 at 5 PM. The vigil will include a sacred fire, prayer, moment of silence and feast to honour MMIWG. Participants are invited to wear red.

Halifax, NS – The Student Union of NSCAD University will be hosting a gathering with refreshments on October 4th, 2017 at noon at the NSCAD University.

Whycocomagh, NS – The Mi’kmaw Family Healing Centre in Whycocomagh, NS will be hosting a march, vigil and moment of silence on October 10th 2017. The vigil will begin at 10am and take place at Theresa Cremo Health Centre in We’koqma’q First Nation.

Wolfville, NS – The Acadia University will be hosting a moment of silence, sharing stories with guests such as Elders, Rebecca Thomas   and participate in an Honour Walk to the Sacred Fire to acknowledge and remember murdered and missing Indigenous women, men and children; on October 4th, 2017 from 6PM to 8PM at the KC Irving Environmental Science Centre Garden Room.

Nunavut

Gjoa Haven, NU – The Qiqirtaq Ilihakvik high School and RCMP are hosting a moment of silence at 9AM on October 4th, 2017.

Iqaluit, NU – The Public Service Alliance of Canada Aboriginal Peoples Committee will be hosting a moment of silence outside of the Legislative Assembly Building at 6:30PM on October 4th, 2017.

Taloyoak, NU – The Taloyoak RCMP will be hosting a moment of silence at 2pm on October 4th, 2017 at the school.

Kugaaruk, NU – The Community Justice Committee is hosting a candlelight vigil and moment of silence at 7PM on October 4th, 2017 in front of the Church.

Kugaaruk, NU –  The Kugaaruk RCMP will be hosting an introduction to MMIWG2S for students and a moment of silence at 10AM -3PM on October 4th, 2017 at the school.

Ontario

Bala, ON – The Wahta Community Centre will be hosting a candlelight vigil on October 4th, 2017.

Brantford, ON – The Brantford Native Housing Healing and Wellness Program will be hosting a vigil with speakers and supper on October 4th, 2017 beginning at 7PM.

Brampton, ON – Peel School board will be hosting a talking circle on October 4th, 2017 in the morning at the Agnes Taylor Public School.

Burlington, ON – The Halton Women’s Place will be hosting a candlelight vigil that includes realising a lantern and a person of a traditional Round Dance Ceremony. The vigil will take place on October 4th, 2017 at 12PM at the Thinkspot.

Cochrane, ON – The Ininew Friendship Centre will be hosting a candlelight vigil on October 4th, 2017. The vigil will take place in the Healing Garden and will include a women’s pipe ceremony, tobacco ties and a sacred fire.

Geraldton , ON – The Ontario Native Women’s Association will be hosting a candlelight vigil in Geraldton on October 4th 2017. It will be held at the ONWA Geraldton Site at 6PM.

Guelph, ON – The Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis will be hosting an event on October 4th 2017. It will be held at Marianne’s Park, which is at Gordon St and James St. Start time is TBD.

Kapuskasing, ON – The Kapuskasing Indian Friendship Center will be hosting a candlelight that includes drumming this October 4th 2017 at the Friendship Center from 6PM to 8PM

Kapuskasing, ON – The Kapuskasing Indian Friendship Center will give presentations to multiple schools in the area through the day, The Kapuskasing Indian Friendship Center on October 4th, 2017.

Kenora, ON – The Ontario Native Women’s Association will be hosting candle light and rose petal release at the harbor front on October 4th, 2017 from 6PM to 7:30PM

Kingston, ON – A group of organizations will be hosting a vigil on October 4th, 2017 at the Tyendinaga Pow Wow grounds from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM. The hosting organizations are the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston, Amnesty International Napanee, ONWA, Ontario Native Women’s Association Tyendinaga, Red Cedars, Kingston Interval House.

London, ON – Atlohsa Native Family Healing Services, My Sister’s Place, N’amerind Friendship Centre and Association of Iroquois and Allied Nations will be hosting a Full Moon Ceremony on October 4th, 2017 at 7pm at My Sister’s Place.

London, ON – Innovation Works London will be holding a moment of silence in their offices at 1:15PM on October 4th, 2017.

Midland, ON – The Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre will be hosting a march, rally and candlelight vigil on October 4th, 2017 beginning at 5PM. The march will begin at the Friendship centre, 562 King St and proceed to Neezhoday Park.

Newmarket, ON – The Trinity United Church will be hosting a candlelight vigil and conversation on October 4th, 2017 from 6:30PM – 9PM.

North Bay, ON – The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Nation to Nation Employee Network will be hosting a moment of silence and a video of Murdered and Missing Indigenous women, at the Victoria Inn Hotel and conference center on October 4th, 2017 in the opening ceremony.

North Bay, ON – The Ojibway Women’s Lodge will be hosting a candlelight vigil and walk on October 4th, 2017 from 6PM – 8:30PM.

North Bay, ON – Anishinabek Nation and the Union of Ontario Indians will be hosting a moment of silence, drumming, song and prayer on October 6th, 2017 at 3PM at Hub Main Office.

Oakville, ON – The Sheridan College will be hosting a smudge ceremony, video presentations, theatre production and panel discussion on October 4th, 2017 between 6PM and 8:30PM.

Oshawa, ON – The Trent University Durhams’s Child Youth Intersectionality Circle will be hosting a candlelight vigil on October 4th, 2017 at the Trent University Durham.

Ottawa, ON – Families of Sisters In Spirit will be hosting a vigil on October 4th 2017 at Parliament Hill. The Vigil will include Family Members, Elders, and politicians speaking on the issue of MMIWG2S. The vigil will be followed by a feast inside Parliament. For more information on this event and a complete agenda please go to Facebook and search for “Families of Sisters in Spirit Vigil 2017”.

Ottawa, ON – The RCMP will be hosting a moment of silence at the RCMP Headquarters in Ottawa, ON at 11 am on October 4th 2017. The RCMP Headquarters is located at 73 Leikin Drive, Ottawa , ON.

Ottawa, ON – ACFO Ottawa will be hosting a moment of silence on October 4th 2017 at 1 PM.  ACFO Ottawa accueillera un moment de silence le 4 octobre 2017 à 13 heures.

Ottawa, ON – The Métis Nation of Ontario will be hosting a vigil in the office of the Parliament Hill on October 4th, 2017 at 12 PM. In the vigil they will share a meal and some stories.

Ottawa, ON – NDP MP Caucus will be joining the Family of Sisters in Spirit Vigil on the Hill on October 4th, 2017 at 12:30PM.

Ottawa, ON – Amnesty Ottawa is hosting a moment of silence on October 4th, 2017 at 10:30AM. After that they will be taken a picture and will proceed to Parliament Hill for the Families of Sisters In Spirit Vigil.

Ottawa, ON – The National Association of Friendship Centres will be hosting a moment of silence and will join the vigil at the Parliament Hill, on October 4th, 2017 at 11:30AM at the NAFC national office.

Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Region Metis Council will be hosting a candlelight vigil on October 4th, 2017 at Parliament Hill.

Ottawa, ON – The Human Rights Research and Education Centre – University of Ottawa will be hosting a moment of silence on October 4th, at 11:30AM at Fauteux Hall – FTX 570.

Ottawa, ON – The Champlain LHIN will be hosting a moment of silence on October 4th, 2017 at the boardroom at noon.

Ottawa, ON – Women’s shelters Canada will be hosting a moment of silence before attending the Vigil on the Hill, on October 4th, 2017 at 11AM at the WSC office.

Ottawa, ON – Parriag Group Inc. will be hosting a moment of silence at the Business locations on October 4th, 2017 at 11AM.

Ottawa, ON – The Senate of Canada will be holding a moment of silence in the Senate Chamber. The moment of silence will be held at 2:15PM on October 4th 2017.

Ottawa, ON – Carleton University will be holding a moment of silence on October 5th 2017 in Dunton Tower, room 509a. The moment of silence will take place at 5PM.

Ottawa, ON – The Canadian Federation of Students national office will be holding a moment of silence at 10AM, October 4th 2017, after which they will proceed to Parliament Hill for the Families of Sisters In Spirit Vigil.

Ottawa, ON – Senator Nancy Hartling office will be hosting a moment of silence on October 4th 2017 at noon.

Ottawa, ON – The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) will be holding a moment of silence in their office on October 4th, 2017.

Ottawa, ON – the Native Women’s Association of Canada Board of Directors will be holding a moment of silence on October 1st 2017 and will create Messages of Honouring and Support for Families of MMIWG2S.

Ottawa, ON – the Native Women’s Association of Canada staff will be holding a moment of silence at 10 AM on October 4th, 2017 before walking to Parliament Hill for the FSIS vigil.

Owen Sound, ON – OPSEU Indigenous Circle Region 2 and the M’Wikwedong Native Cultural Centre will be hosting a vigil and Full Moon Ceremony on October 4th 2017. The vigil will take place at the Friendship Centre beginning at 6 PM and organizers invite women to wear red.

Perth, ON – The Table Community Food Centre, will share a harvest feast together blending tradition local foods and settler harvest foods while sharing traditional teachings October 4th, 2017 at 4PM at the Community Food Centre.

Picton, ON – The St Gregory’s Catholic Church’s Catholic Women’s League have invited all parish members to say the rosary on October 4th, 2017 for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and their Families.

Red Lake, ON – The Red Lake Indian Friendship Centre will be hosting a march at 7PM on October 4th, 2017. The march will begin at Centennial Park and proceed to the Red Lake Indian Friendship Centre where there will be a candlelight vigil.

Sault Ste. Maire, ON – Phoenix Rising Women’s Centre of Non – Profit Homes Inc. will be hosting a candlelight vigil and a moment of silence, on October 4th, 2017 at 2PM in the Women’s Drop In Centre.

Sioux Lookout, ON – The Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre will be hosting a march , moment of silence and candle light vigil on October 4th, 2017 beginning at 7 PM.

St Williams, ON – The County of Oxford will be hosting a march with women’s drumming, moment of silence a candle light vigil on October 4th, 2017 beginning at 7:30PM.

Sudbury, ON – The N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre and the Greater Sudbury Police Service will be hosting a march and vigil on October 4th 2017. The vigil will include a moment of silence, prayer and song, followed by a march returning to the Friendship Centre for a feast. The vigil begins at 10 AM and ends at 1PM.

Thorold, ON – The MNO Niagara Council and the Métis Nation of Ontario will be hosting a candlelight vigil on October 4th 2017. The vigil will take place at the MNO Thorold office from 7 PM to 9PM and will include smudging, drumming and a release of balloons.

Thunder Bay, ON – The Ontario Native Women’s Association will be hosting a gathering to honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Thunder Bay on October 4th 2017. There will be a sacred fire, a moment of silence, and offering of semaa to the sacred fire with the names of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. It will be held at the ONWA Thunder Bay Site from 12PM-2PM.

Thunder Bay, ON – The Confederation College will be hosting a moment of silence, sacred fire and breading on October 4th, 2017 between 10AM and 12PM at the Confederation College.

Toronto, ON – The Native Women’s Resource Centre in Toronto, ON will be hosting a feast, vigil and prayers on October 4th, 2017. The feast and vigil will take place at 191 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, ON beginning at 5PM.

Toronto, ON – the YWCA Women’s Shelter will be hosting a vigil on October 4th 2017 at 6:30 PM.

Toronto, ON – The Mary Oko will be hosting a moment of silence and gathering friends to remember MMIG and sharing a brief update on why do we need to speak out and show support. At 7PM on October 4th, 2017 at Livelihood Café.

Toronto, ON – Aboriginal Education Centre will be hosting a moment of silence at various schools on October 4th, 2017.

Toronto, ON – The St Joseph’s College School will be hosting 2 school assembles with White Pine Dancers, readings, prayers, installations, and the Redress Project on October 4th, 2017 from 9AM to 12PM.

Toronto, ON – Amnesty International will be hosting a minute of silence among hundreds of red ribbons honouring the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, on October 4th, 2017 at noon in Kay Garden Beltline bridge over Yonge.

Toronto, ON – Monsignor Percy Johnson high school will be hosting a minute of silence, prayer, and art activity on October 4th, 2017 at 11AM at the school.

Toronto, ON – The Father Henry Carr Seconday School will be hosting a moment of silence on October 4th, 2017 at 10:10AM at the classroom 143.

Toronto, ON – the Textile Museum of Canada will be holding a moment of silence on October 14th, 2017 as part of their fundraiser for the Walking With Our Sisters commemorative art instillation.

Toronto, ON – the Scarborough Campus Student Union and Amnesty International UTSC will be hosting a moment of silence and Messages of Honouring and Support for MMIWG2S Families and Survivors of Violence at the University of Toronto Scarborough at 2-3PM on October 4th, 2017.

Wellington, ON – St. Gregory the great catholic women’s league council will be hosting a candlelight that will include prayer service and Eucharistic celebration on October 10th, 2017 in Parish Church at 1 PM.

Windsor, ON – The Metis Nation of Ontario, Can-Am Indian Friendship Centre and the Legal Assistance of Windsor will be hosting a candlelight vigil with speakers and drummers, on October 4th, 2017 from 5:30PM to 7:30PM at the Dieppe Gardens.

Prince Edward Island

Lennox Island, PEI – The Aboriginal Women’s Association of PEI will be hosting an ‘Honour Walk’ with speakers, singing, smudge and a moment of silence. The walk will take place in Confederation Landing, Charlottetown from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM on October 4th, 2017.

Quebec

Akwesasne, QC – The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe will be hosting a gathering on October 5th, 2017 at Generations Park. The gathering will begin at 6PM and include words of welcome, a moment of silence, a women’s group opening song, speakers and a candlelight vigil with hot chocolate.

Gatineau, QC – The Government of Canada and the Canada School of Public Service will be hosting a vigil that includes an elder oral tradition plus a moment of silence, on October 4th, 2017 at the Salle de Collaboration, from 11:30AM to 1PM.

Kanesatake, QC – The Quebec Native Women Mohawk Nation Kanesatake will be hosting a march on October 4th, 2017 from 6 PM to 8PM.

Montreal, QC – The Centre for Gender Advocacy & Quebec Native Women Tio’tia:ke will be hosting a candlelight vigil with Indigenous speakers and performers, on October 4th, 2017 from 6PM to 8PM in Place Émile – Gamelin.

Montreal, QC – Missing Justice will be hosting a vigil on October 4th at 6-8PM. See website for details: http://www.missingjustice.ca/

New Richmond, QC – The New Richmond High School and Eastern Shores School Board will be hosting a school assembly on October 4th, 2017 at 10:30AM.

Pessamit, QC – Services sociax service de l’ière ligne accueillera une veille de Sœurs par l’esprit du 11 octobre 2017.

Québec, QC – The Maison Communautaire  Missinak will be hosting a silence march where they’ll commemorate SIS and it will finish in a silence circle on October 1st, 2017 at the Parc de l’Université du Québec.

Val-dor, QC – Val-dor Friendship center will be hosting a Candle light vigil with drummer, signer and a moment of silence, on October 4th, 2017 at 6:30PM at Albert Dumais.

Saskatchewan

Cumberland House, SK – The Pine Island Community Reference Panel will be hosting a march on October 4th, 2017 at the Main Street.

La Ronge, Saskatchewan – The Piwapan Women’s Centre will be hosting a pacific walk from Band office to the centre of the community where food will be prepared and served. This walk will be on October 4th, 2017 at 11 AM.

Leask, SK – The Mistawasis First Nation Family Centre will be hosting a walk and moment of silence on October 4th, 2017 beginning at 5PM.

Maple Creek, SK – The Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge and Correctional Service of Canada will be hosting a vigil on October 4th, 2017 at the The Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge – Nekaneet Reserve.

Onion Lake, SK – The Onion Lake Community Healing and Wellness will be hosting a rally march on October 4th, 2017 at 3:45PM at the Onion Lake Hall

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – The Regional Psychiatric Center will be hosting a pipe ceremony that includes feast, dancers and singers on October 4th, 2017 in the morning for females and in the afternoon for males.

Saskatoon, SK – Iskewuk E-wichiwitochik and the Saskatoon City Police Service will be hosting a walk on October 4th, 2017 from 76-25th St E. Following the walk will be food, speakers, and drumming.

Yorkton, SK – The Saskatchewan Aboriginal Women’s Circle Corporation will be hosting a vigil on October 4th, 2017 at 6PM. The vigil will take place at 139 Dominion St, Yorkton, SK.

Yukon

Whitehorse, YK – The Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council will be hosting a silent walk at noon on October 4th, 2017. The walk will begin at the Government of Yukon Main Administrative Building and end at the Kwanlin Dun Centre.

Whitehorse, YK – Native Women Association of Canada will be hosting a moment of silence on September 21st, 2017 at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Center, at 9:30AM.

Teslin, YK – The Teslin Tlinit Council will be hosting a candlelight vigil on October 4th, 2017 at 2:30PM.