Sisters in Spirit vigils planned across Saskatchewan

A number of walks are being held across the country, including in Saskatchewan, to remember murdered and missing Indigenous women today.

Oct. 4 a day to remember murdered and missing Indigenous women

The REDress Project, led by artist Jaime Black, aimed to raise awareness at the University of Saskatchewan about missing and murdered Indigenous women. (Don Somers/CBC News)

A number of vigils are being held across the country, including in Saskatchewan, to remember murdered and missing Indigenous women today.

The Sisters in Spirit gatherings are held each Oct. 4 by family members of the missing and murdered, as well as other concerned citizens.

Last year's gatherings pushed for a federal inquiry, which has since been announced. 

The Native Women's Association of Canada tracks the vigils on its website, including those in Saskatchewan. It says the gatherings have grown in number from 11 more than a decade ago, to more than 200 last year.

Saskatoon walk 

In Saskatoon, the 10th anniversary walk is being held tonight from 6 p.m. CST until 9 p.m. at the White Buffalo Youth Lodge on 20th Street West.  After the walk, there will be soup and bannock as well as drummers and singers.

Regina vigil 

Regina's gathering is this evening at First Nations University of Canada. It begins at 5 p.m. with a pipe ceremony, followed by speakers, a candlelight vigil and a community gathering and meal.

Prince Albert

In Prince Albert, a vigil will be held at noon in the lobby of the main office of the Prince Albert Grand Council.

There are also gatherings today in Onion Lake, La Ronge and La Loche according to NWAC's website. 

  • Onion Lake – Run/walk, candlelight vigil, balloon raising and speeches from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and from 4 - 8 p.m.
  • La Ronge – Memorial walk from LLRIB Band office parking lot to Urban Rez on La Ronge Avenue at 11 a.m.
  • La Loche – Evening vigil. speakers, awareness, prayers, drum songs at the La Loche Friendship Centre from 6 - 7:30 p.m.