Statement from USW National Director Ken Neumann for October 4, National Day to Commemorate Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

October 4 is the day Canadians attend vigils and other events honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Sadly, included in the missing and murdered are Steelworker sisters and the family members of Steelworkers.

The National Inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women was created just over one year ago, and has now held some community hearings. The families need a chance to tell their stories, and all Canadians need to listen, in particular those who shape our country’s laws and institutions.

To support Steelworkers who have lost loved ones to this crisis and who want to attend or testify at a hearing, USW has set aside funds to cover some costs. Members who are interested in applying for financial support or learning more about how they can take part in the National Inquiry should contact USW’s National Inquiry Coordinator, Carolyn Szilva, at coord@usw.ca or at (705) 207-8515.

This October 4, hundreds of Steelworkers will be in Vancouver at our National Health, Safety, Environment, and Human Rights Conference. We will remember and honour missing and murdered Indigenous women during the conference, and join in a community event later in the day.

Please attend an October 4 event in your community. Look at the list below, prepared by the Native Women’s Association of Canada, or check with women’s shelters or Indigenous people’s organizations in your home community.

In solidarity,

Ken Neumann
National Director


Check the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s list of vigils 

USW Support to Attend the National Inquiry 

Ken Neumann’s open letter to the Prime Minister 

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