In 2019 the Government of Alberta declared October 4 Sisters in Spirit Day in Alberta and I would like to invite you to Wetaskiwin’s inaugural Sisters in Spirit Day Walk and Vigil this Sunday, October 4. Hosted by Hate to Hope in partnership with the Wetaskiwin & District Heritage Museum, we will be honouring the more than 1,200 Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women, Girls & 2 Spirits (MMIWG2S) in Canada.
We will gather at 12:00 noon at Jubilee Park (50 Avenue & 54 Street) for a peaceful vigil that will include guest speakers, the sharing of stories, and a healing jingle dress dance. This will be followed by a walk up to and along the Automile (56 Street/HWY 13), cross at 47 Avenue, and walk back to Jubilee Park.
Special Guest Speakers include:
An open platform will also be offered to families and friends of MMIWG2S to share their story
Marilyn Tobaccojuice will perform a healing jingle dress dance accompanied by Drum Group and Singers Mountain Cree, as well as a prayer will be led by Shirley Rabbit.
- Rick Wilson, Minister of Indigenous Relation and MLA for Maskwacis Wetaskiwin
- Katherine Swampy, Samson Cree Nation Councillor
- Gabrielle Blatz-Morgan, City of Wetaskiwin Councillor
- Stephanie Harpe, MMIWG2S Speaker and Activist, Singer, & Actress
- Suzanne Life-Yeomans, co-chair of the Government of Alberta’s First Nations Women’s Council on Economic Security
- Chevi Rabbit, Human Right’s Activist, Hate to Hope
- Dr. Karen Aberle, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Wetaskiwin & District Heritage Museum
- Representatives of Justice for Cindy Gladue
- Representatives of Justice for Catilin Potts
All are welcome and encouraged to wear their jingle dresses and ribbon skirts for healing and / or the colour red to help call back the missing spirits of our sisters so we can lay them to rest
This will be a Socially Connected and Physically Distanced event. Please remain within your family cohorts and bring your own masks.
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