© Guardian photo by Thomas Becker
Upwards of 50 people gathered at Confederation Landing Park to support the Sisters in Spirit vigil held Oct. 4.
Friday was a day to honour and a day to heal.
The Aboriginal Women’s Association of P.E.I., in conjunction with the Native Women’s Association of Canada and the Native Council of P.E.I. held its eighth annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil at the Confederation Landing Park.
The vigil, held nationally and internationally, calls attention to the high number of missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls in Canada.
Each year, family members, concerned citizens and Aboriginal community members gather at local Vigils to remember loved ones and to raise public awareness for this cause, with a goal of one day ending the violence against all women.
“The vigil is very significant to our communities and to our families. It means a lot to us, even though we’re the smallest province, to be involved and show the support in an event that focuses on the epidemic of Aboriginal violence across the country,” said Native Council of P.E.I. president and Chief Jamie Thomas.
The Aboriginal Women’s Association of P.E.I. has partnered with the Native Council of P.E.I., Family PRIDE Program (Mi’kmaq Confederacy of P.E.I.), Abegweit Wellness Centre, Chief Mary Bernard Memorial Women’s Shelter (LIFN Health Centre), P.E.I. Interministerial Women's Secretariat and P.E.I. Advisory Council on the Status of Women to support the cause.