On October 4th, many Indigenous communities and their allies mark Sisters in Spirit Vigils. These events honour the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) and acknowledge the ongoing impact of violence experienced by Indigenous women and girls in Canada.
The Ontario HIV Treatment Network recognizes the loss experienced within Indigenous communities, and the devastating impact of ongoing violence on Indigenous women. We are grateful for the families who continue to demand action and justice for their sisters. OHTN acknowledges that trauma and violence are important health risk factors, and pledges to make this knowledge an integral part of our work, in partnership with Indigenous communities.
Across the country, vigils will take place in many communities on October 4. We encourage our staff and stakeholders to take time on this day to honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) and to consider attending a vigil event. The Native Women’s Association of Canada website offers a list of vigils in many communities.
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