In honour of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and in honour of Walking With Our Sisters, the Comox Valley Transition Society will host a vigil at noon on Saturday, Dec. 6, on the plaza in front of the Comox Valley Art Gallery, 580 Duncan Ave., Courtenay.
This year’s National Day of Remembrance and Action is the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, where 14 young women were gunned down simply because they were women.
For the last 25 years, vigils and other memorials have been held on Dec. 6 across Canada, including the Comox Valley, in which all women who have gone missing or have been murdered are remembered and honoured.
In addition, we are collaborating to bring Walking With Our Sisters to K’omoks Band Hall from July 31 – Aug. 15, 2015.
Walking With Our Sisters is an international touring memorial made up of 1,810 pairs of moccasin tops that have been created by over 1,400 caring and concerned individuals to honour and pay respect to the lives and existence of the missing and murdered aboriginal women across North America. They are not forgotten. They are sisters, mothers, daughters, aunties, cousins, grandmothers, wives, partners and friends. They have been cared for and they are loved. But they have been taken from us too soon.
Walking With Our Sisters is currently scheduled to tour to over 31 locations in the next six years across North America before its final installation in September of 2019.
The Transition Society is honoured to work in partnership with representatives of First Nations, Métis, and other organizations and individuals to bring this nationally important memorial to our community and Vancouver Island. This will be the first location stop in British Columbia for the tour.
Everyone is welcome to join us on Dec. 6. For more information, please call 250-897-0511.