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Annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil


Thunder Bay, ON – The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) invites families, friends, and community members to attend the Sisters in Spirit Vigils on October 4, 2023. This year’s vigil further highlights the need for action across Turtle Island in the wake of inaction to search the Prairie Green Landfill in Winnipeg and recent injustices such as the early release of Brayden Bushby whose actions led to the death of Barbara Kentner.


Launched in 2005, the Sisters in Spirit Vigils continues to draw much needed awareness to violence against Indigenous women and girls. The vigils support and honour the stories, experiences, lives, and memory of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).


Register to attend ONWA’s annual Sister in Spirit Vigil at https://bit.ly/3rpzmHB. The event is available online (via Zoom) and in-person (380 Ray Blvd., Thunder Bay) from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST on Wednesday October 4, 2023. In-person participants are encouraged to bring a photo of their loved one(s), their hand drums, and a red dress to add to a commemorative red dress display.


The Medicine Lines of Womanhood: MMIWG Commemorative Art Project will be on display at the ONWA Sister in Spirit Vigil.


ONWA also invites you to:

· Learn more about MMIWG by visiting the ONWA MMIWG webpage which hosts resources, videos, and reports: https://www.onwa.ca/learning-resources-mmiwg

· Read and share the ONWA Report “Reconciliation with Indigenous Women: Changing the Story of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls” available on: https://www.onwa.ca/reports

If you or a family member have been impacted and require emotional support, contact the 24-hour Talk4Healing helpline at 1-855-554-HEAL (4325).


For more information and media inquiries, contact:

Andre Morriseau, Communications Manager

Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)

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