Nova Scotia·Eskasoni Community Bureau

Marches held in N.S. as concern grows for Mi'kmaw woman missing 2 weeks

Marches were held for Marley Morris in Dartmouth and Eskasoni First Nation on Tuesday. Morris was last seen in downtown Dartmouth on Feb. 18.

Marches were held in Dartmouth and Eskasoni First Nation for Marley Morris

About 50 people gathered in Dartmouth, N.S., on Tuesday for a march to raise awareness about the disappearance of Marley Morris. (Dave Lachlan/CBC)

Update: On Thursday, March 10, Halifax Regional Police said Marley Alicia Morris was found and is safe.

This story is part of a series from CBC's Eskasoni Community Bureau, based out of the Sarah Denny Cultural Centre. This series comes from weeks of conversations with community members about what they feel is important to see, hear, and read on CBC's platforms.

Two marches were held Tuesday to spread awareness about a missing Indigenous woman from Nova Scotia.

Marley Alicia Morris, 24, was last seen Feb. 18 in Dartmouth, N.S. Her father, Fabian Francis, told CBC News he knew something was wrong when she missed her five-year-old son's birthday on Feb. 21.

Bridget Stevens, an organizer for the march in Dartmouth, said she wanted to get involved after reading mean comments on Francis's Facebook page.

"Marley is loved … we care about her and we're hoping people will take notice and come and support us and help us look for her," said Bridget Stevens, the organizer of the roughly 50-person march in Dartmouth.

Stevens said the disappearance has been very difficult for Morris's family.

"They do so much for the community, they're well-known people, everybody loves them — the Morris's and the Francis's — they're always there for everybody and we are here to show everyone how much they're loved. Everybody cares about these people. We want the world to know Marley matters."

In Eskasoni, more than a dozen people took part in a sombre walk along Shore Road from the community's high school to a nearby health centre.

Morris is described as 5'8" and about 200 lbs. Halifax police said in an emailed statement there's no evidence to suggest foul play, but they are concerned for her well-being. (Submitted by Fabian Francis )

Stephanie Christmas organized the event and said that Morris's five-year-old son is her second cousin.

"I don't want him to wonder where his mother is forever, I want him to know his mom — to be with his mom," Christmas said.

"Even if I stood alone, I was coming down because Marley is my family too. She's all our family. We're like a big family in Eskasoni."

More than a dozen people marched for Morris in Eskasoni on Tuesday. (Erin Pottie/CBC)

Christmas said that too many Indigenous people go missing in Canada and there's not enough attention brought to their disappearances.

"It's just another number. It's what we feel like; we're numbers," she said. 

Kateri Stevens drummed at the walk in hopes of raising awareness about Morris's disappearance.

A missing person sign for Morris in Dartmouth, N.S. (Dave Lachlan/CBC)

Stevens said there needs to be more unity in addressing the high rates of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

"We need to unite leadership, not just political leadership but anyone involved in any type of activism," she said. "The accomplishment would be finding this girl, bringing her home back to her family and people knowing her face."

Halifax police said in an emailed statement there's no evidence to suggest foul play, but they are concerned for her well-being. 

Police ask that Morris, or anyone with information on her whereabouts, call 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

March held to raise awareness of missing Indigenous woman in N.S.

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A march was held in Dartmouth, N.S., on Tuesday to raise awareness of Marley Morris's disappearance. Morris was last seen Feb. 18.

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