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Closing Week – ’30 Days of Justice 2011′

October 2, 2011

Hello everyone,

First, thanks to all the people and communities who showed their amazing support for this campaign. Organized by Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS) and our allies, this campaign aimed to bring together families of missing and murdered Aboriginal women, grassroots Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women and men, and the wider Ottawa community to raise critical awareness, support Aboriginal families affected by violence, and demand justice and accountability in the disappearances and murders of more than 600 Aboriginal women and girls in Canada in recent decades.

The last month was filled with events that connected different issues, communities and people, all in the name of raising awareness for the national tragedy of our missing and murdered Indigenous women. Among many things, we talked of prison justice, of sexual violence and violence against women, of sex work and the sex work rights movement, chatted about the power of testimonials with Vancouver-based organizers, welcomed Walk4Justice and even took part in a social justice themed scavenger hunt.
Now, this week is the closing week of Families of Sisters in Spirit’s 30 Days of Justice. That said, FSIS is not going anywhere. We will be continuing our tireless work to support families, advocate, rattle the cage and raise critical awareness, and that, year round. Look out for us on the FSIS facebook page for updates about our activities. We have a voice and we will be using it.

Please come out and support us for these two very important events:

MONDAY, OCTOBER 3rd: MISSING AND MURDERED ABORIGINAL WOMEN; A PANEL WITH FAMILY MEMBERS

As a part of ’30 Days of Justice’, Families of Sisters in Spirit, in collaboration with POWER, ACO and Somerset West Community Health Center, will be hosting a panel discussion on the disappearance and murders of Aboriginal Women in Canada. This is a panel with family members who will come and talk of their own experiences in regards to this grave and urgent national issue.

The panel will be from 6pm to 9pm at the Somerset West Community health Center. (55 Eccles in Chinatown – Corner Booth and Somerset, turn left on Booth).

The speakers are:

Laurie Odjick, mother of Maisy Odjick, 16, who disappeared Sept. 5
2008 with her best friend Shannon Alexander, 17 from Kitigan Zibi;

Pam and Fred Fillier, parents of Hilary Bonnell, 16, who was murdered
in Burnt Church, New Brunswick in November 2009

Sue Martin, mother of Terrie Ann Dauphinais, 24, who was murdered in her home outside Calgary in April 2002;

Bridget Tolley, daughter of Gladys Tolley who was struck and killed by a Surete du Quebec police car in October 2001.

Sandra Augustine from Elsipotog, New Brunswick, will come to talk about the Blanket Project.

This is the opening event for the annual Families of Sisters in Spirit’s vigil for missing and murdered Aboriginal women that will be taking place the next day on Parliament Hill.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4th: ANNUAL FAMILIES OF SISTERS IN SPIRIT VIGIL

Families of Sisters in Spirit is hosting the closing event for ’30 Days of Justice’, the annual Families of Sisters in Spirit vigil, a part of the national network of Sisters in Spirit vigils happening across the country on October 4th.  So far 48 vigils are planned.

This is the 6th Annual ‘Sisters in Spirit’ vigil for missing and murdered Aboriginal women, girls, and their families.

Tuesday October 4th 2011, 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM

October 4th Agenda:

10:30 AM – 12 PM: vigil on Parliament Hill—family members, politicians, reading of 2011 Joint Statement by Caitlin Tolley

12PM Solidarity March to Victoria Island

12:30PM: Honor Ceremony for Terrie-Ann Dauphinais, who was murdered in 2002, led by her mother, Sue Martin on Victoria Island.

12:45 – onward: Food and festivities on Victoria Island.

Festivities on Victoria Island include drumming, jingle dress dancing, social justice tabling, blanket workshop with Sandra & Harry Augustine, writing messages of support and solidarity with family members, and banners from the KAIROS Roll with the Declaration march, food by Amnesty International, raffling of art pieces

For information about Sisters in Spirit vigils happening across Canada visit: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=163367953739707

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENCE, YOUR SUPPORT, YOUR WORK, YOUR STRENGTH, YOUR TEARS, YOUR RESISTANCE. ’30 DAYS OF JUSTICE 2011′

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