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Vigil held for missing Yellowknife woman

Angela Meyer, 22, of Yellowknife, went missing 10 months ago while on a weekend pass from the psychiatric unit at Stanton Territorial Hospital.

'We will live with this for the rest of our lives,' says Angela Meyer's father

Angela Meyer, 22, of Yellowknife went missing 10 months ago while on a weekend pass from the psychiatric unit at Stanton Territorial Hospital. (CBC)

The Native Women's Association of the Northwest Territories held a vigil yesterday for Angela Meyer, a Yellowknife woman who disappeared 10 months ago while on a weekend pass from the psychiatric ward at Stanton Territorial Hospital.

The Meyer family and more than 100 supporters attended the event at Northern United Place, which was part of the Sisters in Spirit campaign of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

Dean Meyer, father of Angela Meyer, who went missing in Yellowknife 10 months ago, lights a candle at a Sisters in Spirit vigil Tuesday. (CBC)

"I’ve learned to smile and laugh on the outside, but really I’d rather be at home and cry with my broken heart," Dean Meyer, Angela’s father, told the crowd.

"As a family, we will live with this for the rest of our lives."

The campaign has dedicated Oct. 4 as a day of vigil and events were held in nine provinces including Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec and Nova Scotia as well as the Northwest Territories and Yukon.

There are more than 582 missing aboriginal women in Canada, according to data released by Sisters in Spirit.

Dean Meyer said he believes his daughter’s disappearance could have been prevented if there were a facility in the NWT solely for mental health patients.

"I know that if there was a place my daughter could’ve been put in, she’d be alive today. She’d be safe there."

The Meyer family continues to ask the public for any clues that could help with the search.