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October 4, 2013

Vigils shed light on Canada's missing indigenous women

'Sisters in Spirit' aim to raise awareness of nearly 600 reported missing or murdered women.
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Activists hold a vigil on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, on October 4, 2013. Photo via Twitter user @lizbernstein.
"Sisters in Spirit" vigils are taking place across Canada on Friday, to shed light on and honour missing and murdered indigenous women. The Native Women's Association of Canada estimates that approximately 580 indigenous women have disappeared or been murdered in the past two decades. Indigenous women are also reportedly five to seven times more likely than other women in Canada to die as a result of violence.
 
Activists posted photos online from the vigil in front of the parliament in Ottawa, Ontario.

 

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