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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Honouring Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women

Saugeen First Nation | by Craig Power  

Saugeen First Nation 'Took Back the Night' as a voice to end violence against women.

Close to two hundred people joined together Wednesday night (Oct. 4th, 2017) at Saugeen First Nation #29 near Southampton for the 8th Annual Take Back the Night Walk.
The entourage, led by Saugeen First Nation Chief Lester Anoquot, members of the community walked to the beat of the drums, to raise awareness and put an end to violence against women.
A large group from UNIFOR also turned out for the event to show support as did a large contingent of men.
Cheryl George, Manager at the Kabaeshiwim Respite Women's Shelter, says having such a large group of men come out really shows there truly is support out there.
"We need that, it shows the women that there are good people out there, that there are some men that are willing to help out and support an event such as this because someday it could be theirs," says George.
The walk ended at the Saugeen First Nation Amphitheatre on Highway 21, where large ceremonial fire burned, all participants taking a moment to offer tobacco to the fire, to give their prayers to the spirits.
A sombre vigil for murdered and missing indigenous women followed at the cenotaph monument in the courtyard of the Wesley United Church, where stories of pain were shared; and stories of healing.
The evening was capped off by a moment of silence for those women and girls locally who have joined the list of murdered or missing indigenous women.
The community really did come together to Take Back the Night, to remember, and hopefully work toward truth and reconciliation.

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