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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
September 2, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence


Sisters In Spirit

Shoes of Silence: Representing Missing/Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada


Brantford and Waterloo Campuses

October 4th is a day where we honour the lives of missing or murdered Aboriginal women and girls. The violence experienced by Aboriginal women and girls in Canada is a national tragedy. We must take the time to give thanks to the families who have inspired the SIS movement and who are our reason we all continue to demand action.

Currently, there are approximately 700 known cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. Of the number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, 70 are from Ontario alone. Statistics show that Aboriginal women are 8 times more likely to be murdered than non-Aboriginal women and in some Northern Aboriginal communities in Ontario, between 75 – 90% of Aboriginal women are victims of violence.

The Shoes of Silence is a way to raise awareness and to pay respect to the countless families affected by these tragedies.

Various events are being held across Canada. Below are some local events:


Brantford: Sisters in Spirit Vigil (Thursday October 4)

Heritage United Church,
360 Colbourne Street East,
5-8pm

*Turkey dinner free of charge, call Cynthia to register at 519-756-2205, ext 224

 
Brantford: Memorial Walk (Sunday October 7)

Chiefswood Park,
Six Nations (down the hill)
1030-noon
We will walk for half an hour and meet back at Country Style, at which time we will play a short video and listen to a few guest speakers.

 
Brantford: Candlelight Vigil (Sunday October 7)

Chiefswood Park,
Six Nations (down the hill)
7-9pm
We will have a candlelight vigil as part of the Memorial Walk. Everyone welcome!

 
Brantford Campus: Beverly Jacobs Lecture

Wilfrid Laurier University,
Room 207, Grand River Hall, Brantford Campus
6-8pm
Beverly Jacobs will give a lecture on Missing or Murdered Aboriginal Women

Beverley K. Jacobs, LLB, LLM, PhD. is a Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) community representative from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Bear Clan. She is an Aboriginal Canadian leader and a past president of the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC).

 
Kitchener Campus: Sisters in Spirit Vigil (Thursday October 4)

Faculty of Social Work Building, 120 Duke St. W
3rd Floor, Circle Room
2:30pm

Speaker: Kathy Absolon, PhD 
Singers: Mino Ode Kewak N'gamowak (Good Hearted Women Singers)

 
Waterloo Campus: Beverly Jacobs Lecture (Tuesday October 9th)

Wilfrid Laurier University,
Paul Martin Centre, Waterloo Campus
7-9pm
"Restoring the Balance: Aboriginal Women's Issues in Canada"

Beverley K. Jacobs, LLB, LLM, PhD. is a Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) community representative from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Bear Clan. She is an Aboriginal Canadian leader and a past president of the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC).

 
Waterloo Campus: Self Defense Training with Ashley Nichols

Wilfrid Laurier University
Wednesdays 1-2pm
Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31

Ashley Nichols is from Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in Ontario. She is a graduate of 2012 Conestoga College’s Human Services Foundation program and is now studying Protection, Security, & Investigation with goals set for the Community and Criminal Justice degree program. Throughout her life she has proven her resiliency and determination as a young woman and has turned her life around. She now is leading a healthy and positive lifestyle and succeeding in combat sports worldwide. She started competing in the sport of Muaythai in January 2008, and with the achievements up to date, Ashley was selected to represent Canada at the World Championships that were held in St. Petersburg, Russia in which she secured the top spot and brought home the Gold medal. She has also been selected to represent Canada at the Pan-American Championships in Brazil, later this year. She will represent Canada at the Sport Accord World Combat Games in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2013. Ashley is honoured to represent Canada, women in sport, and Aboriginal people on the international stage at these championships and hopes to empower the lives of others through her story of determination.