Cathedral bells ring for missing and murdered indigenous women
Chimes will ring more than 1,000 times over five days
Saskatoon's St. John's Cathedral will ring its chimes more than 1,000 times over the next month, one for every murdered and missing indigenous woman and girl between 1980 and 2012.
The bells will start ringing at 2 p.m. CST Sunday, the date of the final event of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
"There is no them. There's only us," said dean Scott Pittendrigh. "And we are all one, and what happens to our sisters and brothers affects us all."
Pittendrigh said he hopes the gesture will bring attention to an important issue.
"Church bells were rung to call them to prayer, but also to pay attention," said Pittendrigh. "To be aware that there's something going on in our community. Well, there is something going on in our communities, in our country and our city with our missing women."
The bells will be rung on five sessions stretching over 22 days. The chimes will be rung for the final time June 21 at 2:30 p.m. CST, combining with a special service on the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer.