6th Annual Stolen Sisters Awareness Walk

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Sisters in Spirit Rally 

Saturday October 6th, 2012 
City Hall, Edmonton, Alberta

About the Sisters in Spirit Rally 

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) launched the national Sisters In Spirit Campaign in March 2004 to raise public awareness of the alarmingly high rates of violence against Aboriginal women in Canada. In November 2005, the campaign became an initiative. NWAC believes we are in an urgent state of affairs with regards to the safety of Aboriginal women in Canada.

The Stolen Sisters Awareness Walk was created in May 2007 to raise national awareness to the disproportionate number of missing and murdered Métis, Inuit, Non Status and First Nations women in Canada. Reports show that Indigenous women aged 25–44 are five times more likely than other Canadian women (of the same age) to die of violence. Together we can make change!


11:00am Honor Song (Drummer), Welcome/Overview and Introduction of Elders, Acknowledgement of Families and Elected Officials (Danielle & April Eve)

11:10am Opening Prayer by Elder Rose Wabasca

11:30am Introduction of Guest Speakers. Speeches to follow

  • National Chief Shawn Atleo, Assembly of First Nations
  • Treaty 7 Grand Chief Charles Weaselhead, Blood Tribe
  • Chief Steve Courtoreille, Mikisew Cree First Nation
  • Family of Amber Tuccaro, Rachel Quinney and Lucas Degerness

Moment of Silence

  • Mayor Steven Mandel, City of Edmonton
  • Sgt Gerard MacNeil, Project KARE
  • Councillor Tony Caterina, Aboriginal Portfolio, City of Edmonton
  • MLA Deron Bilous
  • Sgt John Respet, Project KARE
  • Insp. Dennis Fraser, RCMP K Division
  • Sophie and Muriel, Amnesty International and IAAW
  • Amanda Gould, Message on behalf of 2012 SIS-SSAW Organizers 

12:15pm Introduction of the Native Woman’s Association of Canada’s National Enquiry Petition (Support for the Immediate Call To Action Regarding the National Enquiry Into The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) 

12:10pm Invite all present to sign petition, gather outside

01:00pm Walk led by families of the missing and murdered women.

01:45pm Return to City Hall for snacks and refreshments

02:15pm Peoples Poets to perform ‘Stolen Sisters’ song

02:30pm  Closing Payer, Elder Gillman Cardinal. Closing Remarks, Muriel Stanley Venne and Lewis Cardinal

03:00pm Open Mic

More Information

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or call (780) 222-3052  

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