October 4th is a day to honour the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) and their families. The Native Women's Association of Canada invites all family members, Indigenous community members and allies to take some reflective time on October 4th to attend a vigil or a community event or take a moment of silence to honour our stolen sisters and to support all families and families of the heart.
In British Columbia, there are a number of community vigils planned that all are welcome to attend:
Agassiz – The Agassiz United Church Outreach Program will be hosting a candlelight vigil on-site.
October 4th @ 7PM
Alexis Creek – Tl'etinqox Health Services will be holding a candlelight vigil, drumming and prayer at the Tl'etinqox Health Centre.
October 4th 1PM-2PM
Courtenay – North Island Students' Union @ North Island College will be welcoming Elders and dancers from K'omoks First Nation and will hold moment of silence in the Courtyard at Discovery Hall.
October 4th 11AM
Fort Ware – The Kwadacha Education Society will be hosting a moment of silence and will be doing the heart activity, and beading heart pins.
October 4th 4PM-6PM
Gibsons – School District No. 46 (Sunshine Coast) and Aboriginal Programs and Services will be holding moments of silence in various classrooms across the district.
October 4th throughout the day
Kamloops – Thompson Rivers University Status of Women will be holding candlelight vigils and a moment of silence throughout various sites on campus in Kamloops.
Kelowna – The Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society will be hosting an opening prayer, walk, dinner, speech, sharing stories, closing circle, prayer, and moment of silence on-site.
October 4th 5PM-8PM
Masset – Haida Health Center will be hosting a candlelight vigil at 347 Eagle Avenue.
October 4th 6PM
Nanaimo – Vancouver Island University Student Union Shq'apthut "The Gathering Place" will be hosting a gathering with a speaker and a display of cards filled out in remembrance of women affected by violence; on-location.
New Westminster – Douglas Students' Union will be holding a candlelight vigil at AB Atrium of Douglas College (Coquitlam).
October 3rd 11AM-3PM
New Westminster – Douglas Students' Union will be holding a candlelight vigil at the Main Concourse of Douglas College (New Westminster).
October 4th 11AM-2PM
Oliver – Osoyoos Indian Band will be hosting a prayer, speakers, a barbecue lunch, and a balloon release at the Osoyoos Indian Band Office.
October 4th 12PM
Penticton – Okanagan Nation Transition Emergency House and Lower Similkameen Indian Band will be hosting a dinner, speakers, and a march at Victory Hall.
October 4th 5:30PM
Port Alberni – Eight Avenue Learning Centre will be holding a moment of silence and information session on healthy relationships.
Port Alberni – Port Alberni Friendship Center will be holding a candlelight vigil with a connecting with the land spiritual practice.
October 4th 11AM
Prince George – College of New Caledonia Student Union, Aboriginal Resource Center, and CNC Friendship Center will be hosting a candlelight vigil and moment of silence at The Gathering Place, College of New Caledonia.
October 4th 5PM-7PM
Summerland – Summerland Secondary Me to We Club. Will most likely hold a moment of silence.
October 4th 1PM
Terrace – Coast Mountain Students Union and Kermode Friendship Society will be hosting a vigil and moment of silence at Kermode Friendship Society Admin.
Vancouver – The Indigenous Law Students Association (UBC) will be hosting speakers. They will also display a moment of silence inside, candlelight vigil outside and will be placing candles in the Reflection Pond. This will all be taking place at Allard Hall.
October 4th from 12:30PM-2PM.
Vancouver – Redeemer Lutheran Church will be holding a candlelight vigil and moment of silence.
October 4th 7PM
Vancouver – Vancouver Community College & Students' Union of Vancouver Community College will be hosting info and resources for students at 1155 E. Broadway.
October 4th 11AM-1PM
Vernon – Okanagan Indian Band will be holding a "See Me, Hear Me, Remember Me" Red Dress Campaign, Speakers, candlelight vigil and hanging Red Dresses. They also welcome any hand drummers to this event, which will take place on-location.
Victoria – AOS Partners will be holding a moment of silence at their workplace.
October 4th 12PM
Victoria – Camosun College Student Society will be holding a school assembly on the Lansdowne Campus.
Victoria – Pender Isld. Truth & Reconciliation Circle will be hosting a red dress, book and info display case (Sept. 29-Oct 6) at Pender Island Driftwood Mall. Red dress installation and info table on Saturday (Oct. 6)
October 6th 9AM-6PM
Whistler – Linda Epp and the Howe Sound Women's Centre will be hosting speakers and will be having a peaceful walk from Whistler Village Common Area to Olympic Plaza. They will also include singing and drumming followed by a display of First Nations song and dance. There will also be healing ceremonies at Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre.
October 4th @ 11AM.
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