By Mervin Brass

SIS candle vigil

Family members lit candles for loved ones who went missing or were murdered. Photo credit: Treaty 4 News.

The Sisters in Spirit movement held their 10th annual walk and candlelight vigils across the country yesterday.

Around 300 people took part in the Saskatoon event to remember the country’s missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.

Spokesperson Darlene Okeymasim-Sicotte said to commemorate the anniversary, red arm bands were worn by participants.

The red arm band is a symbol of the red dress project that reminds people of the number of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.

SIS Stolen Sisters

Remembrances included walking in memory of murdered and missing indigenous women and girls. Photo credit: Treaty 4 News.

“Please remember the stories of the families their voices are often forgotten when people are collaborating or bringing the awareness,” said Okeymasim-Sicotte. “Talk to the families, ask them about of the person that’s missing, they really want to commemorate and that their loved one is being known as a human being.”

In Saskatoon, the families of Dahleen Bosse, Maxine Wapass and Cody Wolfe were afforded the opportunity to speak about their missing family member.

 

SIS Marilyn Wapass

Marilyn Wapass shared the story of her little sister Maxine, who was murdered and found on the outskirts of Saskatoon. Photo credit: Treaty 4 News.

“We need to stand with love and forgiveness,” says Marilyn Wapass. Her sister Maxine went missing 14 years ago and was found murdered. “We need to stand with all those women who have been murdered to honour their lives.”

Vigils and walks were also held in La Ronge, Regina, Yorkton and Onion Lake.

 

 

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