Aboriginal and non-aboriginal people gathered Sunday at Vancouver City Hall for a vigil, honouring the lives of murdered and missing women and their families across BC.
The Sisters in Spirit Vigil invited people of all background to honour those no longer here, and to stop the violence.
Joyce Galeska, Aboriginal workers rep with the BC Federation of Labour says in addition to honouring the women, it’s about reconciling with the non-aboriginal public.
“Try and gain some action, so that people understand how first nations are being treated and how we can move forward with this, because it’s about reconsiliation. It’s about trying to partner up with non-aboriginals so that people understand the First Nations community a little bit more.”
Musqueam elder Shane Pointe welcomed the crowd and said the Harper government’s inaction on missing and murdered aboriginal women’s issue is a direct reflection on his government’s importance placed on all women.
He also had a message for the young men in the crowd.
“You need to stop the violence against your mom, your sister, your girlfriend, your partner, the violence must stop.”
Pointe, along with the other speakers lead the crowd of about a hundred people in song and prayer, as the families and friends remembered the lives of those taken too soon.