On October 4th, Unifor asks it members and allies to stand in solidarity with Indigenous families and communities to honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls whose lives have been cut short by violence. Countless families and communities have been devastated by this national tragedy. The pain of loss and of justice denied echoes through our history, our present and will echo into our future if we fail to act.
Vigils are being held across the country this year, and concerned citizens and Indigenous community members will gather together to draw attention to this crisis and demand action from all levels of government to stop the violence. In Winnipeg, members will participate in events and march to the Legislature in a show of solidarity and support on Manitoba’s official inaugural day to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
Unifor encourages every person in Canada to support the awareness-raising activities of the Native Women’s Association of Canada on October 4 by creating and sharing messages of support. Once the messages are shared online, it is asked that the messages be combined on a display wall and a moment of silence held to honour the lives lost and those still living with the pain.
Download and print the template at: nwac.ca/national-inquiry-mmiwg/honouring-mmiwg-families. Share the completed messages of support using #MMIWG and #Unifor.
Locals can display their commitment to challenging the systemic violence that continues to target Indigenous women and girls by printing the, “Justice. Awareness. Respect.” poster and shareable online at unifor.org/awoc.