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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

8th Annual Take Back the Night Walk

Saugeen First Nation | by Craig Power  

A local walk & National event to speak out and raise awareness of violence against women.

 
Saugeen First Nation will be holding their Annual Take Back the Night Spirit Walk tomorrow (Wed. Oct. 4th).
 
Now in it's 8th year, the event has grown by leaps and bounds since it first began in 2009.
 
Cheryl George, House Manager at the Kabaeshiwim Respite Women's Shelter in Southampton, says more and more people have been attending the past 3 or 4 years.
 
"A few years ago, we only had maybe about 20 people out at our first walk, and each year it's been building," says George. "Last year, I can say that we had 175 people and for us that's good because it shows that we do have support out there."
 
This year's event will feature the walk as well as a special vigil for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, something George says go hand in hand together and really hits close to home.
 
"That's why we've done that, we also give recognition to those women from our own community who are on that list," says George, adding, "we know these people, they're sisters, they're mothers, they're daughters, they're friends."
 
The 8th Annual Take Back The Night Walk will get under way starting at 5:15pm at the Kabaeshiwim Women's Shelter Parking Lot, Saugeen First Nation #29 and will make it;s way to The Amphitheatre where a fire and special ceremony will follow.
 
The community is invited to come out and take part, show support and take a stand while sending the message "Every woman has the right to walk the streets safely at night."
 
Let's all join together and help Take Back the Night.

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