FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Sisters in Spirt will be hosting a vigil to remember missing and murdered women tonight in Fort St. John.
Connie Greyeyes with the Fort St. John Sisters in Spirit was recently in Ottawa to attend the national vigil that was held there and said they had a great experience and even had some big name visitors.
“It was amazing. It was the first time that a Prime Minister had come out to actually address the crowd and address concerns. It was the first time that the Minister of Indigenous Affairs has come out and the Justice Minister. They all came out during the break in sessions and all 3 of them spoke. The Minister of Status of Women. They all spoke. It felt really nice to actually have a Prime Minister finally come out and acknowledge what they have been doing on the hill for 10 years.”
She says it was the biggest crowd she has seen since she has been attending the national vigil. Herself, friends and her sister held a candle light vigil on the steps of parliament on the hill. People would stop and ask what they were doing according to Greyeyes.
The vigil here in Fort St. John will be similar to the one in Ottawa. The event starts at 5:00 pm with drumming as well as opening remarks. The Friendship Centre has also prepared food for everyone that is coming. After dinner, they will walk to 100th and 100th.
Greyeyes says the goal is to support families and find answers to what happened to the women.
“The goal of the Fort St. John Sisters in Spirit has always been to support the families here and the quest for justice and answers, to keep pressing and letting the community know that we’re still here and we still want to know what happened to these women. They have a right to know what happened to loved ones. Giving them the opportunity to speak if they wish, we don’t push the families to say anything if they aren’t ready. Quite often they do speak anyways and they talk about the support that they feel.”
Larry Evans and Byron Stewart from the City will also be attending the event.
There is also an international film crew from Germany coming to film the vigil here in Fort St. John. They are part of Amnesty International. They decided just out of the blue that they were going to come to Fort St. John and document this particular vigil Greyes said. They will be talking to families and documenting the event.
She believes it will be a nice vigil overall. Although it may be cold, she says they will stay for around half an hour at the corner of 100th and 100th with pictures and honour singings.