Our Yukon Sister in Spirit campaign is held on a yearly basis on October 4th. We have a walk, prayers and inspirational speakers.
Yukon Sisters In Spirit Walk & Vigil
Friday, October 4th from noon-2 pm, Whitehorse
Join us for a silent walk, prayers, and ceremony in solidarity to raise awareness about the indigenous women, girls, and two-spirited people who have been and continue to be murdered or disappear. Everyone is welcomed. Refreshments will be provided.
Starting at noon, we will be walking from the RCMP detachment, down Main street to the healing totem then proceed to the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre fire-pit. Bring your drum. Refreshments provided in the KDCC multipurpose room, with a private family gathering afterwards. Please see route map below.
Rates of violence against indigenous women, girls, and two-spirited people are much higher than for non-indigenous women in Canada. Perpetrators of violence include family members, partners, casual acquaintances, and serial killers. Every October 4th, YAWC organizes the Yukon Sisters in Spirit Walk & Vigil to raise the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) in Yukon and northern BC and honour the victims and their families.
The Yukon Sisters in Spirit Project was launched in 2010 to research and document the cases of MMIWG in Yukon and northern BC. By using a collaborative approach with family and community members and the RCMP, 33 new cases were identified, bringing the total number of MMIWG cases to 38. This Project has created a safe space for families of MMIWG to talk about and account for the circumstances surrounding the death and disappearance of their loved ones. Today, YAWC works closely with YG’s Family Information Liaison Unit and the RCMP for ongoing support in research on MMIWG cases, advocacy, outreach, and on-the-land healing.