What are you doing on October 4th?
October 4th is a day where we honour the lives of missing and 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 are our reason we all continue to demand action.
A vigil can take many forms, from a moment of silence to a rally to a community feast. All that is important is that you take some time on or around October 4th to mark the day.
We firmly believe that the October 4th Sisters In Spirit Vigils are a movement for social change. The number of SIS Vigils has grown from 11 in 2006 to an impressive 216 vigils in 2014.
For more information visit, www.october4th.ca
Each year, family members, Aboriginal community members, and concerned citizens gather for a vigil on October 4th to honour the memory of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. Vigils take place in many communities across Canada as well as internationally. These gatherings serve to raise awareness and to provide support to families who have lost a loved one.
95 SIS Vigils and counting…
Paris, France – IDLE NO MORE Paris Île-de-France – Relay of the 10th walking and annual vigil for missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada on 4 October in front of Notre Dame in Paris in France at 18:00–20:00 in UTC+02.
Virtual Candlelight Vigil www.october4th.ca
The www.october4th.ca website was created as a place of hope and healing where we can all come together to honour missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. When you visit, you will be invited to light a candle and leave a dedication. Please join us!
Lethbridge – Amnesty International Lethbridge Action Circle A97, Friendship Society, YWCA, City of Lethbridge, KAIROS, Blood Tribe, CMARD, NWAC, Lethbridge Regional Police Service, CKXU, University of Lethbridge, Opokaa’sin Early Intervention Society, Red Cross, Metis Local Children Services, Aboriginal Council, Woman Space – SIS Vigil walk from City Hall to Galt Gardens at 6:30 pm. Candlelight vigil, speakers, drumming and singing. We will have our faceless dolls on display and community members are making more dolls to contribute to the display at Lethbridge City Hall on October 4th at 6:30 pm.
Grande Prairie – Grande Prairie Regional College Circle of Aboriginal Students and Grande Prairie Friendship Centre – March/walk from GPRC to the GP Friendship Centre for candlelight vigil and moment of silence at Grande Prairie Regional College and Grande Prairie Friendship Centre on October 4th.
Peace River – Peace River Aboriginal Interagency Committee – March from River Drive Mall to Riverfront Park where we will have a ceremony on October 4th at 1 pm.
High Prairie – High Prairie Native Friendship Centre – Candlelight vigil, lantern release, speakers, snacks & refreshments at the High Prairie Native Friendship Centre on October 4th at 7 pm.
Rimbey – Amnesty International group 116 – Candlelight vigil (conversation and refreshments to follow) at the Historic Beatty House on October 4th at 7:30 pm.
Fort Vermilion – The Wildrose Native Women’s Association – Opening prayer and remarks, story sharing, walk with Native drum, Candlelight vigil, closing prayers on site of the Residential School, Fort Vermilion on October 4th at 6:30 pm.
Edmonton – Stolen Sisters and Brothers Awareness Movement – Rally and vigil at the iHuman Youth Society on October 4th from 1 to 4 pm.
Red Deer – Red Deer Native Friendship Society – Candlelight walk from Friendship Centre to City Hall then to Museum for sharing circle at the Friendship Center, Museum on October 4th at 6:30 pm.
Smoky Lake – Smoky Lake United Church – As part of our regular church service we will have a candlelight vigil with a moment of silence at the Smoky Lake United Church, 5504 – 46 Street on October 4th from 9:30 to 10:45 am.
High Level – High Level Native Friendship Centre – Moment of silence @ 1 pm, followed by smudging, prayers and healing song. Open mike for sharing, close with candlelight vigil at 11000 – 95 Street on October 4th at 1 pm.
Lac La Biche – The Lac La Biche Canadian Native Friendship Centre – Candlelight vigils, prayers at The Lac La Biche Canadian Native Friendship Centre on October 5th at 2 pm.
Nanaimo – Vancouver Island University Students’ Union – Speakers, prayer, balloon releases, food at Jardin de Quatorze memorial garden, Nanaimo Campus on October 1st from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Whistler – Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society, Training Innovations, Work BC – Meet at the Welcome Pole (Splash’s Pole) in the Village Common area at 11:00 a.m. Organizer will introduce the traditional shared territory of Whistler, Squamish and Lil’wat Nations who are welcome to speak. Attendees will walk down the village stroll to other Totem Pole (Ray’s Pole) at Whistler Olympic Plaza while singing and drumming the Woman’s Warrior song and holding candles. Both Nations are welcome to speak again then all attendees will walk to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC). Women representing Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society will carry a banner. Guests are welcome to bring LED candles to hold. First Nations are welcome to dress in regalia and bring hand drums. SLCC ambassadors and representatives will teach a First Nation dance and will offer food and refreshments. Vigil will be on October 4, 2015 from 11 am to 3 pm.
Harrison Hot Springs – Agassiz United Church and All Saints Anglican Church – Candlelight vigil at the Agassiz United Church on October 4th at 7 pm.
Alexis Creek – Tletinqox Government Office – Candlelight vigil with school assembly, moment of silence, women’s drumming of warrior song; speeches from organizer, leadership and RCMP at the Tletinqox School Gym on October 5th at 10 am.
Kelowna – Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society – March, Candlelight Vigil and Moment of Silence at the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society on October 4th from 11 am to 2 pm.
Duncan – Vancouver Island University Students’ Union – Info table, photo display, food, electric candles at VIU Cowichan Campus, Main Foyer on October 5th from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Kamloops – BC Native Women’s Association – Vigil Location and time TBD – Event information will be updated on the BCNWA FB page and Twitter when finalized. Held on October 4th.
Terrace – Northwest Community College Students’ Union – Candlelight vigil at the gathering space on October 5th from 12 to 1:30 pm.
Vancouver – Meet up at 4:30 pm for a candlelight vigil & rally from 5 to 6:30 pm to honour the missing and murdered Aboriginal women and to show that we stand with their families. We have not forgotten and we will always be here! Meet at Vancouver City Hall, 11th Ave./ Cambie St. on October 4th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.
New Westminster – Douglas Students’ Union – Candlelight vigil, Letters to candidates/MPs, Faceless dolls, screening of “Finding Dawn” at Douglas College – Coquitlam Campus on October 7th from 11 am to 3 pm.
Courtenay – North Island Students’ Union – Candlelight vigil, moment of silence at North Island College on October 1 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Victoria – Camosum Landsdowne – Candlelight vigil, moment of silence at Na’Tsa’maht on October 2nd at 4 pm.
Vancouver – BC Federation of Labour, DTES Women’s Memorial March Committee, Spirit Watch, Missing and Murdered Women Coalition – Vigil with drums, speeches, light refreshments. A collaboration between the labour movement and Aboriginal community in BC. Please bring banners, flags and drums. At Vancouver City Hall on October 4th at 5 pm.
Fort St. John – FSJ Friendship Centre, FSJ Women Warriors – Rally, March, followed by a feast at the FSJ Friendship Centre on October 9th from 5 to 8 pm.
Armstrong – Pleasant Valley Secondary – Drumming, candlelight vigil, school assembly and moment of silence at Pleasant Valley Secondary on December 6th at 12 pm.
Prince George – University of Northern British Columbia & College of New Caledonia Students’ Union – Rally, moment of silence and vigil at the University of Northern British Columbia on October 29th from 4 to 6 pm.
Powerview-Pine Falls – Survivor’s Hope Crisis Centre – Candlelight vigil and Moment of Silence at the Winnipeg River Learning Centre, 3 Walnut Street, Powerview-Pine Falls on October 5th at 12 pm.
Winnipeg – Mamaway Kiskisitan Niwakomakanak – We Gather to Remember our Relatives – 3rd Annual event coinciding with the National Day of Remembrance. There will be SPEAKERS and PERFORMERS. This event is one of RESPECT, LOVE and REMEMBRANCE for #MMIWG and providing their families with community support – At the front steps Manitoba Legislative Buildings, 450 Broadway Avenue on October 4th at 3 pm CST.
Portage la Prairie – Portage Friendship Centre – Candlelight vigil, march at the Portage Friendship Centre’s Eagles Fire Youth Centre on October 4th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.
Fredericton – St. Mary’s First Nation – Candlelight vigil, March at Saint Mary’s First Nation Cultural Center on October 4th at 6pm, rain date October 7th.
Tobique First Nation – Tobique First Nation – Offerings, March, candle lighting, moment of silence at the Wellness Centre on October 4th time TBD.
Kingsclear First Nation – Kingsclear First Nation Health Center – Meeting @ 7 pm at the Kingsclear Health & Wellness Centre – Speaking about the significance of October 4th, marching to the KFN Powwow grounds where we will be lighting of candles; Opening with a prayer, hand drum call out on October 4th at 7 pm.
Kingsclear First Nation – Gignoo Transition House Inc. – Candlelight vigil, moment of silence at Kingsclear First Nation on October 4th at 7 pm.
Miramichi – NBCC Miramichi – Candlelight vigil and moment of silence at the NBCC Miramichi Campus – Date and time TBD
Fredericton – NBCC Fredericton – Candlelight vigil and moment of silence at the NBCC Fredericton Campus – Date and time TBD
Saint John – NBCC Saint John – Candlelight vigil and moment of silence at the NBCC Saint John Campus – Date and time TBD
Saint Andrews – NBCC St. Andrews – Candlelight vigil and moment of silence at the NBCC St. Andrews Campus – Date and time TBD
Woodstock – NBCC Woodstock – Candlelight vigil and moment of silence at the NBCC Woodstock Campus – Date and time TBD
Moncton – NBCC Moncton – Candlelight vigil and moment of silence at the NBCC Moncton Campus on October 2nd at 12:20 pm.
Newfoundland and Labrador
St. John’s – MUN Students’ Union – Candlelight vigil and Moment of Silence at the Memorial University of Newfoundland Bruneau Centre (IIC-2001) on October 4th from 1 to 3 pm.
St. George’s – Indian Cove Women’s Group – Pipe ceremony, candle lighting and moment of silence for all families of missing and murdered Aboriginal women at Bay St. George Cultural Center on October 4th at 6 pm.
Port Saunders – Norpen Aboriginal Women’s Circle – Light refreshments, Candlelight vigil and Moment of Silence on October 4th at 6 pm.
Fort Smith – YWCA Sutherland House – Candlelight vigil, light refreshments: stew, bannock, coffee, tea, hot chocolate at the Northern Life Museum Cultural Centre, in the back, on October 4th from 6 to 8 pm.
Fort Simpson – Liidlii Kue First Nation, Dehcho Health and Social Services, Unity Store – Candlelight vigil, moment of silence and refreshments at the Main Street Unity Store, Stanley Isaiah Wellness Centre on October 5th at 6pm.
Halifax – Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre – Do a march from Parade Square to Friendship Centre where an opening prayer by elder, honour song, healing circle, small feast at the Friendship Center on October 4th from 1 to 5 pm.
Whycocomagh – Mi’kmaw Family Healing Centre – March/Rally, Moment of Silence at Waycobah First Nation Cape Breton Island, NS on October 5th at 11 am.
Lunenburg – Second Story Women’s Centre – A gathering to honour the women and their families with a prayer and a smudge, drumming and short speeches. The place where we are gathering is a Parks Canada site with plaques telling about the history of the Mi’kmaq in this part of Nova Scotia. The remnants of a medicine garden are on this site. Gather at the park behind the Lunenburg Fire Hall on October 4th at 3 pm.
Mtaban, Mi’kma’ki (Wolfville) – Activities include a smudging ceremony, short presentations, art activity and sharing to remember, honour & celebrate Aboriginal women & girls, men & boys, & entire families. All are welcome to attend. At Acadia University Art Gallery, 10 Highland Ave., Wolfville on October 4th from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.
Burlington – Halton Women’s Place – Join us for a candlelight vigil to honour our sisters in spirit. Special Guest Speakers: Sherry Saevil (Aboriginal Liaison at HCDSB) and Steve Paquette & Taunya Paquette. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details and to RSVP. Location: THiNKSPOT, 6210 Lowville Park Rd., Burlington on October 4th from 6 to 7 pm.
Six Nations – Honouring Our Sisters, Six Nations – People are asked to gather at Veteran’s Park in Ohsweken at 3:00 pm. Event will start with Ganohonyohk (Thanksgiving Address), opening speaker will address those gathered, a short march will take place in Ohsweken followed by keynote speakers and a candlelight vigil to remember the missing and murdered women of Six Nations/New Credit at Veteran’s Park, Ohsweken on October 4th from 3 to 5 pm.
Guelph – Guelph-Wellington Women In Crisis – Speakers, performance at 116 Gordon St., Guelph on October 4th from 6 to 8 pm.
Dryden – Ontario Native Women Community Wellness – Luncheon, stories, Moment of Silence – Location TBD on October 4th at Time TBD.
Simcoe – Haldimand & Norfolk Justice for Women Review Team – Fair display featuring faceless dolls and opportunity to create faceless dolls at Norfolk County Fair from October 6th to October 12th.
Fort Erie – Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre (FENFC) – Guest speakers, Honour song & Drumming at Memorial Garden at FENFC on October 4th from 10 am to 2 pm.
Brantford – Brantford Native Housing – Workshop making no face dolls 3 pm, Supper 5 pm, Candlelight vigil 6 pm, Honour song at Woodland Cultural Centre 184 Mohawk Street on October 4th at 3 pm.
Peterborough – Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwewag Services Circle – Moment of silence, Vigil at Millenium Park (King St./Water St.) on October 4th from 1 pm to 4 pm.
Belleville – Kingston Interval House, Queens Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, HIV/AIDS Regional Services, Tyendinaga Native Women’s Association, Red Cedars Shelter, Good Minds Program Tyendinaga, Amnesty International Napanee – Singers, speakers, Faceless dolls will be showcased & tobacco burning at Zwicks Island Pavillion on October 4th from 11 am to 2 pm.
Moosonee – Moosonee Family Resource Centre – Candlelight vigil, moment of silence, school attendance presentation at the Community Centre on October 8th from 1 to 4 pm.
Newmarket – Trinity United Church KAIROS GROUP – Front Lawn and possible walk to Fairy Lake for Vigil, weather pending, candlelight vigil at the Trinity United Church on October 4th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.
Sudbury – N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre – Guest speaker, march, drumming and feast to follow at the N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre on October 2nd from 10 am to 1 pm.
Parry Sound – Parry Sound Friendship Centre & Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services – Coffee house, march and candlelight vigil at the Parry Sound Friendship Centre and Market Square Park on October 5th from 6 to 8:30 pm.
Curve Lake First Nation – Curve Lake Cultural Centre – Awareness, Talking Circles at the Curve Lake Cultural Centre on October 4th at 6 pm.
Sioux Lookout – Nishnawbe Gamik Friendship Centre – Candlelight vigil and March. Gathering at the Nishnawbe Gamik Friendship Centre for speakers and Elder teachings on October 4th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.
Roches Point (Keswick) – Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre www.lorettomaryholme.ca – Naming ceremony and placing stones on cairn. Light supper following ritual. Optional: Walk the labyrinth – Meet near front entrance and labyrinth, at the memorial cairn in the woods. Bring a lawn chair on October 4th from 4 to 5 pm rain or shine.
Ottawa – RCMP National Headquarters – Moment of Silence at the RCMP-HQ on October 2nd at 11 am.
St. Catharines – Thorold Chapter of Native Women, Positive Living Niagara – Please join us at the St. Catharines Market Square where we will have our opening ceremony before marching through downtown St. Catharines and ending at Positive Living Niagara. Following the march will be a potluck and activities. All are welcome! Beginning at St. Catharines Market Square (91 King St.) and ending at Positive Living Niagara (120 Queenston St.) on October 4th from 4 to 7 pm.
London – Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians, At^lohsa Native Family Healing Services, Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre, Canadian Mental Health Association/My Sisters’ Place, Deshkan Ziibii Native Women’s Association – London Local – March from At^lohsa to Ivey Park at 10:30 am, Gathering, Sacred Fire, Speakers, Drumming, Pipe Ceremony and Craft & Food Vendors at Ivey Park on October 4th from 11 am to 3 pm.
Hamilton – Sisters In Spirit Action Committee, Hamilton – Candlelight vigil and time to honour our sisters at Honouring the Circle – 21 Rosedene, Hamilton on October 4th from 2 to 4 pm.
Orillia – Biminaawzogin Regional Aboriginal Women’s Circle (BRAWC) – Gathering, traditional teachings, candlelight vigil, moment of silence and closing round dance at the Orillia Native Women’s Group – 110 Matchedash St. N., Orillia on October 4th from 12 to 2 pm.
Sutton – Tears 4 Justice – Potluck, speakers at the Georgina Island FN Community Centre on October 4th from 3 to 6 pm.
Niagara-On-the-Lake – Niagara College – Vigil, Faceless dolls workshop, opening & closing ceremony, and ceremonial release of balloons at Niagara College, NOTL Courtyard on October 5th from 1 to 4 pm.
Ottawa – Native Women’s Association of Canada, SIS – Meet at St. Paul’s Eastern United Church (473 Cumberland St.) at 4:30 for a light supper. Candlelight vigil walk to Parliament Hill beginning at 5:30. Guest speakers and moment of silence on Parliament Hill at 6:15 pm. Locations: St. Paul’s Eastern United Church and Parliament Hill on October 4th from 4:30 to 7:15 pm.
Oakville – Ad Hoc Committee of Advancement of Women Halton (AWH) – 21 organizations – Candlelight vigil with Paula Laing and the Aboriginal Students in Sheridan at the Peace Garden at Sheridan College, 1430 Trafalgar Rd., Oakville on October 4th at 7 pm.
Garden Village – Ojibway Women’s Lodge – Candlelight vigil at 285 Ted Commanda Dr., Garden Village on October 2nd from 7 to 8 pm.
Barrie – Barrie Native Friendship Centre – Snacks, march, followed by a moment of silence and survivor telling her story at the Friendship Centre, Walk down to Spirit catcher on October 5th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.
Petawawa – Métis Nation of Ontario, EVA Renfrew County, Anishanaabe Cultural Committee – Balloon celebration, drumming & singing, vigil at the Women’s monument in Petawawa on October 4th at 10 am.
Windsor – Can-Am Indian Friendship Centre, Métis Nation of Ontario, Can-Am Urban Native Homes, Aboriginal Child Resource Centre – Opening drumming and singing, smudge, speakers, candlelight vigil, tobacco offering to water, closing song at Dieppe Gardens on October 4th from 6 to 7 pm.
Toronto – Native Women’s Resource Centre in Toronto – Vigil, Hand drumming, Jingle Dress dancing, Moment of Silence and guest speakers – Allan Gardens Park, 19 Horticultural Ave (across the street from NWRCT) on October 4th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Perth – The Community Action Network at The Table Community Food Center – We will have a few short comments, including the sharing of names of missing and murdered women, distribute literature on the issues and have a moment of silence at the Community Garden behind the Table Community Food Centre on October 5th at 6 pm.
Burlington – Halton Violence Prevention Council – Candlelight Vigil at Notre Dame High School, 2333 Headon Forest Drive, Burlington on October 4th at 6:30 pm.
Niagara Falls – St. John the Evangelist – We have invited all our Ecumenical partners to join us to gather and remember as well as educate at St. John the Evangelist on October 4th at 7 pm.
Red Lake – Red Lake Indian Friendship Centre – Hang red dresses in bushes, candles, drumming and speakers -women who lost a daughter, at the Friendship Centre on October 4th at 6 pm.
Prince Edward Island
Lennox Island – Aboriginal Women’s Association of Prince Edward Island – The vigil will begin with smudging and a prayer led by an Elder, followed by a walk around the oval. Judy Clark will deliver a brief message as well as a number of Government officials at Confederation Court Landing, Charlottetown, PEI on October 2nd from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Sept-Iles – Cegep de Sept-Iles – Rassemblement dans le hall. Expliquee pourquoi on se rassemble. On donne les ballons et les epingles. On sort de hors. Une minute de silence, ensuit envole de ballons at Cegep de Sept-Iles le 2 octobre à 12:00.
Kahnawake – Canadian Roots Exchanges – Youth Reconciliation Initiative, Montreal – March and drumming (TBD) in Kahnawake (exact location TBD) on October 4th at 11 am.
Pessamit – Services Sociaux, Service de 1ère ligne – Marche, dîner, veille à la chandelle en soirée Devant l’eglise (rue Laletaut) et salle Paroissiale (Dîner) le 4 octobre de 9h30 am.
Quebec City – Maison Communautaire Missinak – There will be a ceremony of prayers with little red cedar-tobacco medicine bags to be tied by the people on a tree. The tree will be burned in a sacred fire. At Place d’Youville, Quebec City on October 4th 12 pm to 2 pm.
Montreal – Missing Justice Solidarity Collective, Quebec Native Women, Centre for Gender Advocacy – March & Vigil to honour Missing and Murdered Native Women at Cabot Square on October 4th at 3 pm.
Saskatoon – Iskwewuk Ewichiwitochik (Women Walking Together) – March, speakers, light refreshments at 1120 20th Street West “Station20West” on October 4th from 3:30 to 6:30 pm
Onion Lake – Onion Lake Iskwewak Pasikowak – We walk from Chief Taylor to Community Hall and we release balloons then have candle vigil. Then we have lunch and have a sharing circle at Chief Taylor on October 4th at 3 pm.
La Ronge – Piwapan Women’s Centre – Walk from Lac La Ronge Band Office to Urban Rez. Chili and bannock afterwards at the Lac La Ronge Band Office on October 4th at 1 pm.
Yorkton – Saskatchewan Aboriginal Women’s Circle Corp. – Meet at 93 Broadway St. W. (Library) and walk to City Centre Park for Rally & speeches. Food and refreshments to follow at the Western Financial City Centre Park in Yorkton on October 4th at 2 pm.
Whitehorse – Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council – Silent march to KDCC, prayer, release of balloons, moment of silence, speakers from the Main YTG Building to Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre on October 4th at 12 pm.