Vigil Ceremony Commemorates Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women – The Lance
On October 4, students across the country participated and hosted vigils to honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women, girls, and two-spirited people across Canada. The Lance covered the event and wrote an article:
There were a many number of dolls attached to the blankets. Each one wore a different dress, had a different hairstyle and carried a different skin tone, but the striking similarity they did have was none of them had a face.
This is the faceless doll project, meant to be a visual indicator for the over 1400 murdered and missing Indigenous women. There weren’t as many dolls as there have been casualties, however more are expected to be made.
“There’s still room on this blanket, but unfortunately we know by the time we gather next, we’ll need to add more faceless dolls on that blanket, because the numbers continue to rise,” said Elayne Issacs of the CAN-AM Urban Native Homes.
It was an emotionally sombre early evening in Dieppe Gardens Oct. 4, as a Sisters in Sprit vigil was held to honour the women lost, who one of the speakers described as “a national tragedy.” It is the seventh year the vigil has been held in Windsor, but it’s been held across the country for the past decade and has managed to make its mark in Europe and South America.
Ultimately aimed to raise awareness when it comes to MMIW, this particular year comes in light of the national inquiry placed by the Federal government earlier this year. While nothing definitive has yet to come out of it, the inquiry itself is the first of several steps in the right direction.
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