Gladys Tolley


Media Advisory – For Immediate Release Aboriginal Leadership to Hold Press Conference for Slain Family Member Ottawa, ON (October 2, 2009) – On October 4th, over 70 Sisters In Spirit vigils will take place across Canada to honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. Before the National vigil starts in Ottawa, a special press conference will be held by Aboriginal leadership from several organizations calling for an independent investigation into the death of Gladys Tolley. Gladys Tolley was an Algonquin woman from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg near Maniwaki, Québec. She was fatally struck by a Sûreté du Québec patrol car on Highway 105 on October 5th, 2001. After many years searching for answers and on the eighth anniversary of her mother’s death, Bridget Tolley, spokesperson for the victim’s family, will join supporters requesting an independent investigation by the Government of Québec in order to shed some light on the circumstances surrounding her mother’s death. When: Sunday, October 4th, 3:30pm EDT Where:University of Ottawa, Desmarais Building 55 Laurier Avenue East Ottawa, ON Gladys Tolley is one of hundreds of Aboriginal women and girls who are missed and still loved by their family and friends. Her memory was the inspiration for the very first Sisters In Spirit vigil in 2006. The vigils have grown from 11 in 2006 to over 70 this year in 2009. Research by the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s Sisters In Spirit initiative confirms that 520 Aboriginal women and girls have disappeared or been murdered over the last 30 years. Following the press conference, media are invited to join a community feast, followed by a unity march to Parliament Hill to take part in a candlelight vigil. A Joint Statement supported by a number of organizations calling for a National Plan of Action will be read throughout Canada on October 4th. For more information contact: Joshua Kirkey, Communications Advisor Native Women’s Association of Canada (613) 722-3033 ext. 231, mobile (613) 290-5680...

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Over 50 people gathered the evening of July 23rd, at Montreal’s Independent Media Centre, for the screening of two films, Finding Dawn, and Stolen Sisters. They also came to hear the words of two women, whose stories brought the films to life. Bridget Tolley, a member of the Kitigan Zibi First Nation in Quebec whose mother was struck and killed by the Quebec Police on October 6th, 2001, and Sue Martin, whose daughter, Terrie Ann Dauphinais was murdered in 2002. Finding Dawn tells the story of Dawn Crey, Ramona Wilson, Daleen Kay Bosse, three of the estimated 500 Aboriginal women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past thirty years. From Vancouver’s skid row, where more than 60 women are missing, we travel to the “Highway of Tears” in northern British Columbia, and onward to Saskatoon, where the murders and disappearances of Native women remain unresolved. Finding Dawn illustrates the deep historical, social and economic factors that contribute to the epidemic of violence against Native women in this country. It goes further to present the ultimate message that stopping the violence is everyone’s responsibility. In the 2005 report by Amnesty International entitled, “Stolen Sisters: A Human Rights Response to Discrimination and Violence against Indigenous Women in Canada,” Amnesty International charges that Canada is putting Indigenous women in danger of kidnapping and violent deaths through racism and indifference. “When is it going to stop?” Asked Sue Martin, after the films were finished. Bridget and Sue spoke of the police impunity, media neglect and isolation that they have felt as a result of fighting for justice on behalf of their murdered loved onces. They also talked about the empowerment they have felt when families of missing women come together to share their experiences and support one another. They spoke of the need for education, and the difficulty and necessity of sharing stories. “My story will be told. My Mom’s story will be told.” Said Bridget Tolley. Both Bridget and Sue encouraged everyone to attend the annual Sisters in Spirit vigil on October fourth, to honour lost sisters and their families, and to pressure governments to...

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Right: Bridget Tolley. In photograph: Gladys Tolley In 2001, Gladys Tolley of Kitigan Zibi Anishnaabeg was struck and killed by a Surete de Quebec cruiser. The “investigation” that ensued was carried out by brothers of the offending officer. Since then, Gladys’ daughter, Bridget Tolley, has been working non-stop at calling a public inquiry into her mother’s death. She has, so far, not received the attention she and her family deserve, but is determined nevertheless to keep going, “even if it takes ten or fifteen years.” Download Petition here. You can mail any completed petitions back to: Missing Justice 2110 Centre for Gender Advocacy c/o Concordia University 1455 de Maisonneuve Ouest- Annex v-01 Montreal, Quebec H3G...

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