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Week Three of ’30 Days of Justice’: WALK 4 JUSTICE

September 19, 2011

Hello everyone,

We are now about to enter week three of Families of Sisters in Spirit’s ’30 Days of Justice’.

Tomorrow is a very important date in our campaign as we will be welcoming the walkers from Walk4Justice to accompany them in the last miles of their walk towards their final destination, Parliament Hill.

On June 21, 2011, Walk4Justice began their long walk from Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory to Ottawa, Algonquin Territory to raise awareness about the plight of the far too many (over 3000) missing and murdered Indigenous women across Turtle Island (Canada).

*On Monday, September 19*, they will be ending their walk at Parliament Hill where they will continue demanding justice for these women and their families.

Please come out and show your support for the walkers. Bring your banners,
signs or placards and good spirit to the rally!

*March & Rally*
*Monday, September 19
**9am at Minwaashin Lodge (424 Catherine St), 10am Parliament Hill*

The walk will start promptly at 9am
Please join the walkers at Minwaashin Lodge and walk with them to
Parliament Hill. If you can’t make it then, please come to the rally on
Parliament Hill at 10am.

In the evening, another event is set to take place:

Feast and fundraiser for Walk 4 Justice to Ottawa on September 19th, 2011 at 5:00 pm.

Community celebration, feast, entertainment, and fundraiser! Featuring Walk 4 Justice co-founders Gladys Radek & Bernie Williams and Beverley Jacobs from Families of Sisters in Spirit.

Feast provided by First Unitarian Church and Food not Bombs (vegan options).
The Line-up:

Elaine Kicknosway and her son Theland: Drummer and Hoop dancer

Nancy Myatt: Nancy is a Mohawk from Kahnesatake with Algonquin. Her family lives in Kitigan Zibi. She is a traditional dancer and drummer. She has two daughters and a granddaughter arriving in November. She has supported Take Back the Night and Sisters in Spirit by sharing songs in her culture. She is very happy to support and be involved in this cause because her great grandmother was also murdered as well.

Vera Wabegijig: Vera is a poet and Anishnaabe mother from the bear clan who writes for expression and to connect with the larger world. See Vera’s gift to us:

Sandy Scofield: Sandy is a multi-award winning composer, musician and singer. She has studied classical, jazz, African, Indonesian gamelan and electro-acoustic music. A Métis from the Saulteaux and Cree Nations, she hails from four generations of fiddlers, singers and musicians. Among her four recordings to date, she has won five Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, a Canadian Folk Music Award, an Indian Summer Music Award (U.S.A.), a Western Canadian Music Award and received three consecutive Juno nominations. Check out her web site:

Elizabeth Riley Band: Ottawa-based Elizabeth Riley Band has a raw, contagious sound, with original songs and interpretations inspired by bluegrass, folk classics, and alt and traditional country music. Wielding banjo, acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica, djembe, stand-up snare, these four singer-songwriters speak out about personal, social and political realities. Their songs are infused with women’s lived experience. Vocally driven with an electrified edge, Elizabeth Riley Band has captivated audiences at an eclectic range of venues. For a taste of their music:

Jaime Koebel: Jamie is Metis from Lac La Biche, Alberta. She is an artist, a performer, an educator and a public speaker. As a successful visual artist, she has been fortunate to have works that have been showcased world-wide and held in many prestigious personal and public galleries. Her art reflects fantastical plant life – all with a story! As a performance artist, She was a dancer with the well-known troupe, Jig on the Fly for five years until 2010 when she started a new dance group with her children called Jaime and the Jiglets. She also dances with the musical group, Fiddle Ground. Over the years, She has won many individual dance competitions in Canada and the United States. See her fantastic works:


Please join us for this very important day to support the walkers and our families


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st: NO MEANS NO Panel Discussion with Families of Sisters in Spirit

Families of Sisters in Spirit will be speaking as a part of University of Ottawa’s ‘NO MEANS NO: Ending sexual and gender based violence’ week.

Families of Sisters in Spirit – Why Missing? Vol 2
Set Up:
12:30 pm
Start Time:
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
End Time:
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
FREE (donations welcomed)
Tea & light snacks
Atrium, 4th floor University Centre

Families of Sisters in Spirit is a volunteer grassroots non-profit organization by and for families of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada, with support of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities. FSIS was the vision of Bridget Tolley, an Algonquin grandmother and activist from the Kitigan Zibi First Nation whose mother was killed by a Quebec provincial (SQ) police car in 2001. Along with Mohawk leader Beverley Jacobs from Six Nations Grand River Territory, whose cousin Tashina General and her unborn son were murdered in 2008, and non-Aboriginal doctoral student and activist Kristen Gilchrist the work of FSIS began in January 2011. FSIS is based in Ottawa, Ontario on unceded territory of the Algonquin Peoples. We raise critical awareness about violence against Aboriginal women and girls as well as wider issues like Indigenous sovereignty, poverty, colonialism, struggles for reproductive justice, and sex worker’s rights which are inextricably linked to more than 600 missing or murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd: TAKE BACK THE NIGHT – Families of Sisters in Spirit Presence and Tabling

As part of ’30 Days of Justice’, Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS) will be present at this year’s Take Back the Night march in Ottawa. Maria Jacko, aunt of Maisy Odjick who disappeared along with her best friend Shannon Alexander from Maniwaki Quebec in September 2008, will be speaking on behalf of FSIS.

More info about Take Back the Night, SAFE STREET – SAFE WOMEN

Thursday September 22, 2011
6:00PM – 9:00PM
Minto Park

6:00PM – Rally in front of the Women’s Monument with speakers, Aboriginal drummers and followed by an Ottawa RebELLES cheer to set the mood to start up the march.

6:45PM – The march will start out from Minto Park, march up Elgin, along
Wellington/Rideau, around a piece of the Byward Market and then back to City hall. An accessible bus will be available.

7:30PM – The march ends at City Hall where there will be an Information Fair as well as refreshments and entertainment for participants to enjoy.

*Men are welcome to show support and solidarity with women and children by marching behind them *

For more information, call 613-230-6700 or email



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