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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2017 Registration Form

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

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.

Fort McMurray, Alberta – 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.

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 – On October 4th, 2017 there will be a SIS Vigil walk and candle light vigil beginning at 7PM, meeting at 6:30 at Lethbridge City Hall. The walk will proceed to Galt Gardens where the vigil with honour songs, Jingle Dress dancing and a Faceless Dolls activity will take place. The will also be a panel discussion. The vigil is organized by Amnesty International Lethbridge, the City of Lethbridge, CMARD, Lethbridge Regional Police Service, CKXU-88.3FM, Lethbridge Public Interest Research Group, The Métis Local Children Services, Sik-Ooh-Kotoki Friendship Society, Family Centre, Lethbridge-East Constituency, the University of Lethbridge Campus Women’s Centre, Lethbridge Public Library, and the Lethbridge Sisters in Spirit Planning Committee.

Peace River , AB – The Peace River Aboriginal Interagency will be hosting a walk from the Peace River Municipal Museum, through downtown, to Riverfront Park on October 4th 2017. At the park, there will be a ceremony for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, with an opportunity for families to share their stories. There will also be jingle dress dancing and drumming. The event will take place from 5PM-8PM, and light refreshments will be provided.

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.

British Columbia

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.

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.

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.

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 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, Gitmax Mak’ay Nisga’a Society and the Friendship House of Prince Rupert.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Newfoundland & Laborador

St Johns, NL – A group of organizations will be hosting a vigil and moment of silence on October 4th, 2017 at the Bowring Park Amphitheater beginning 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.

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.
Whycocomagh, NS – The Mi’kmaw Family Healing Centre in Whycocomagh, NS will be hosting a march, vigil and moment of silence on October 4th 2017. The vigil will begin at 10am and take place at We’koqmaq First Nation.

Nunavut

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.

Ontario

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.

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.

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.

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 6PM – 9PM.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Saskatchewan

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

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 beginning at noon. The vigil will take place at 89 Broadway Street East, Yorkton, SK.

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.

Yukon

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