Vigils were held across the country today to remember missing and murdered indigenous women. In Peterborough, the event at Confederation Park was billed as Brothers of Sisters in spirit’, to allow everyone to take a part in the healing process. Steve Guthrie reports.
Organizers of the vigil say the participation of men will help take the discussion of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls to the next level.
Liz Stone, Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwewag Services Circle
“It’s great that there’s allies to indigenous women and allies to indigenous people who are stepping forward and saying this is a Canadian issue, not just an indigenous women’s issue”
At Tuesday’s, Caleb Musgrave from Hiawatha First nation spoke about a fellow high school student who disappeared
Caleb Musgrave, Hiawatha First Nation
“For me the biggest heartache is I can’t even remember her name. I have to ask my sister, and I have to ask my friends from home all the time cause I can’t remember it. And that terrifies me It scares me that could happen to my niece, any of my nieces, by aunties, my granny, my mother, any of them”
Drums from Alderville First Nation and Curve Lake took part in the vigil. Both communities encourage their young men to learn about the drum and the vital part that women play in their communities and their lives.
John Mattson, Alderville First Nation
‘They’re proud to be part of this as men, and young men, to show our support for our women, our Nishnabe Ikway.
James Brooks, Curve Lake First Nation
“One of the teachings behind the drum is that it was given to us by the women, our bigger powwow style drums, we call them our grandfather drums, we were given that by the women to stop fighting, for unity”
The federal commission on missing and murdered indigenous women began it’s two year inquiry on September 1st.Their first report, setting out preliminary findings and recommendations, must be submitted before Nov.1, 2017.
The final report is due a year later.
Steve Guthrie CHEX Newswatch Peterborough