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

On October 4 we remember the many hundreds of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls across this country. We especially remember the Steelworker sisters who have been taken from us, and we remember the Steelworker families who are grieving.

The National Inquiry is completing its final public hearings, focusing on key themes such as sexual exploitation, colonial violence, and the criminal justice system. Although there has been controversy about the inquiry’s processes, we await the release of the final report, due by April 30, 2019, and hope that it will play a role in increasing the safety and security of Indigenous women and girls.

In the meantime, we can take steps to show support. 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 out the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s Community Resource Guide to organize a successful October 4 event

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

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