Sisters in Sprit CampaignMonday, July 26 2010
Sisters in Sprit Campaign launches March 22, 2004 to draw attention to the tragedy of 500 missing aboriginal women in Canada and to the travesty that there is so little awareness of this. Here in BC, 32 women have gone missing from the Highway of Tears between Prince Rupert and Prince George.
Information is from the following web site. http://generalsynod.anglican.ca/ministries/committees/acip/sistersinspirit/getinvolved.htm
"Over the past 20 years, approximately 500 Aboriginal women have gone missing in communities across Canada. Yet government, the media, and Canadian society continue to remain silent.
"In Vancouver, more than 50 women went missing in that city's Downtown Eastside. Sixty percent were Aboriginal, and most were young. These were poor women involved in the sex trade. They struggled with drugs and alcohol. Some suffered from the effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and many were victims of childhood sexual abuse. Every one of them grew up in a foster home. In other words, their lives bore all of the markings of the violence of colonization.
"The Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) has been gathering the names and stories of Aboriginal women who have disappeared - not just in Vancouver, but also in Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton, Kenora, Thunder Bay, Fredericton, and so many other communities, large and small, across this country.
"Since the time that the Gitksan and Wet'suwet'en peoples began their historic court battle in British Columbia for the recognition of Aboriginal title, Aboriginal women - thirty-two in all - have gone missing along Highway 16 between Prince Rupert and Prince George, now referred to as the Highway of Tears.
"Between 1988 and 1995, five young women -- Alberta Williams, Delphine Nikal, Ramona Wilson, Roxanne Thiara, and Lana Derrick - went missing along that stretch of highway.
"Despite community vigils and protests by the Terrace First Nations Council of Women and others, neither the police nor the media took seriously the disappearance of these women. Then in June of 2002, another young woman went missing. Nicole Hoar's disappearance immediately sparked media attention and government action. How did this case differ from the others? Nicole Boar was the first non-Aboriginal woman to disappear on the Highway of Tears.
"Denise Cook, Pimicikamak Cree Nation, member of the National Women's ssociation of Canada Youth Council writes: "I think that it is important to raise awareness about this issue. It is appalling that these issues do not matter to the larger community just because the victims are Aboriginal women. It is inhumane that their lives are not valued, and it is disgusting that people do not take these issues to heart. The question is why there is no support in mainstream society for providing justice for these women."
Full articles and information: http://generalsynod.anglican.ca/ministries/committees/acip/sistersinspirit/stories.html
For further Information contact:
Native Women's Association of Canada
1292 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 3A9
1-800-461-4043 ext. 229
Sisters in Spirit Campaign posters are available free in both English and French. Send an email to: email@example.com or call the Native Women Association of Canada 's toll free number and ask for an order form: 1-800-461-4043 ext. 229
An article about a book about how missing aboriginal women are forgotten. http://www.missingpeople.net/serial_killer_who_roamed_saskato.htm
The epidemic of missing and murdered women in the Maquiladora zone in Mexico. http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0502/p03s01-ussc.html
If you are interested in organizing a local Victoria event email the Status of Women Action Group firstname.lastname@example.org