Media Advisory - Sisters in Spirit Vigil

TORONTO, Oct. 1, 2013 /CNW/ -

WHAT:   Toronto's Sisters in Spirit Vigil to honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women across Canada
WHERE:   Allan Gardens Park, Toronto
WHEN:   Friday, October 4th, 2013, 6:30PM to 8:30PM


Toronto: On October 4th, 2013 women across Toronto will come together in Allen Gardens Park, to honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women across Canada at the Sisters in Spirit Vigil.

Mayor Rob Ford and the City of Toronto have recognized the 2013 Sisters In Spirit Vigil by proclaiming October 4, 2013 as Sisters In Spirit Day.

October 4th is a day where we honor the lives of over 600 missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. The violence experienced by Aboriginal women and girls in Canada is a national tragedy and can no longer be ignored. Let us remember the tireless efforts of families who have inspired the SIS movement and who are the reason we all continue to honour the memories of our "Stolen Sisters".

The goal of the vigil is to:

  • raise awareness of murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls from our local communities.
  • honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls
  • support the grieving families and provide opportunities for healing

This year's vigil is hosted by the Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto and supported by:
- Native Earth Performing Arts         - METRAC (Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children)
-Council Fire Native         - Youth Sexual Health Network
- Elizabeth Fry Toronto         - No More Silence
- Friends of Allan Gardens         - Sistering
- Maggie's Toronto      

VIGIL PROGRAM


Sisters In Spirit Vigil
Program Agenda
October 4th, 2013

TIME SPEAKER/CULTURE NOTES
6:00 to 6:30 pm Council Fire Drummers & Jingle Dress dancers
Welcome Guests
Allen Gardens Park SE side
6:30-6:40 pm Welcome from MC, Steve Teekens
Introduce Elder Alex Jacobs
Executive Director at NA-ME-RES
Elders Blessing
6:40 - 6:45pm Councillor Mike Layton Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina
6:45 - 6:50pm Audrey Huntley No More Silence
6:55 - 7:05pm Cyndy Baskin Professor of Social Work, Ryerson University
7:05-7:10pm Sarah Yankoo Youth speaker
7:10 - 7:20pm Creative Writing Circle Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto
7:20 - 7:25pm Family of Loretta Lavalley Family voice
7:25 - 7:35pm Women's Hand drumming group NWRCT
7:35-8:00pm "Spirit" by Archer Pechawis Native Earth Performing Arts
8:00-8:30pm Open Mic Community

SOURCE: Native Women's Resource Centre Of Toronto

For further information:

For media inquiries, please contact Penny Deeth at Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto: programs@nwrct.ca  or (416) 963-9963 ex. 212. Up to the minute SIS Vigil information on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/405524479552184/

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