We would like to thank everyone who came out to the Panel Discussion on Thursday September 30, 2010. The powerful stories of Nakuset, Marylynn Poucachiche, and Bernie William spoke loudly to how important and devastating the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women is all across Canada. Nakuset spoke about the conditions and lack of funding that is impacting the Native Women’s Shelter in Montreal. Marylynn spoke about the conditions of her community of Barriere Lake (www.barrierelakesolidarity.org). The evening finished with Bernie speaking about the Walk for Justice and the condition of Indigenous women in British Colombia. During the question period Missing Justice was able to talk to Bernie about the numbers and she shared that of the 3500-4000 names she has collected, more than half are missing and murdered Indigenous women. Moreover, it was indeed an evening of information sharing and education. Thank you to everyone involved.
Another thank you to everyone who came out to the 5th Annual Sister in Spirit Vigil on October 4th, 2010. About 250 people came out and helped us successfully block St. Catherine’s Street for a little less than an hour. We had many people come forward and speak of their personal experiences with this issue as well as their part in the effort to stop the disappearance of Indigenous women all across Canada.