Every year communities across Canada gather on October 4 to remember and honour missing and murdered indigenous women. In Toronto, people gathered in Allen Gardens at the Sisters in Spirit vigil.
While it is very important to demand justice and investigation into the cases of missing and murdered indigenous women, it is essential to address the root cause of the violence, which is mainly due to colonialism and sexism.
“Statistics are disgusting,” said Councilor Mike Layton to the crowds at Sisters in Spirit vigil. The Native Women's Association of Canada has documented more than 580 cases of missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada, most within the last three decades. According to Canadian government statistics, Indigenous women are five to seven times more likely than other women to die as the result of violence. Amnesty International Canada said that the actual numbers might be higher because of gaps in police and government reporting.
No More Silence launched a community-run database honouring the missing and murdered indigenous women. According the community members, there are no official government databases keeping all the records of the missing and murdered aboriginal women.
Like every year, family members of the missing and murdered women shared their tragic stories and experiences with the participants. Although police and government officials have acknowledged the violence against indigenous women, there is no enough effort put to stop the attacks and investigate the cases.
Sign and circulate the petition from the Native Women's Association of Canada demanding a National Inquiry