LETHBRIDGE: The Sisters in Spirit Vigil goes ahead Friday night, to remember and raise awareness for aboriginal women and girls who have gone missing or been murdered.
In 2004 an Amnesty International report found that 582 women and girls disappeared without an investigation being launched.
Tseten Drawu with the Lethbridge branch of Amnesty International discussed why she thinks the issue is generally ignored, "A lot of the women or girls that go missing, come from a population where perhaps they're homeless or the poverty line is lower, or in the Robert Pickton case, they're working on the streets. So they're not valued, they're under-valued and so people think they are less than, and they don't look at the bottom line, that they're human beings."
As the vigil enters its eighth year, they will also be introducing the Faceless Dolls project. Connie Johnstone with the Aboriginal Council of Lethbridge explained that just under 600 felt dolls will represent the women and girls who have gone missing, "It was an opportunity I guess to give face to what's going on, so when we look at how many women and girls have gone missing, we can see numbers here and there pop-up but can't see an actual visual of what that looks like, and so the Faceless Doll project provides that visual."
Everyone is welcome to join the vigil, which begins with a walk from City Hall to Galt Gardens at 6:30, with the vigil getting underway at 7.
You can also learn more about the vigil at http://october4th.ca/.