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Sisters in Spirit Day honours the memories of the more than 1,200 missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls across Canada. A red dress from Awo Taan Healing Lodge is on public display at the Edmonton Federal Building in their memory. On October 4, vigils and events are also held across the country to support family members and loved ones.

2021 events

Note: Check the event website or with the organizers for up-to-date information on each listed event.

This year, the following marches, vigils and virtual events will help recognize Sisters in Spirit Day in Alberta.

Calgary

18th Annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil

Date: October 4, 2021
Time: 11:30 am
Event location: Stephen Avenue Mall and 3rd Street SW
Description: A march to Olympic Plaza where activities will include speakers, honour songs, a traditional ceremony and families of missing and murdered women and girls. Organized by the Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society.
Information: https://www.facebook.com/awotaan

Lethbridge

Sisters in Spirit Vigil

Date: October 4, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm
Event location: Lethbridge City Hall (910 4th Ave South)
Description: Welcome and gathering to take place at City Hall, followed by a march to Galt Gardens (3rd Avenue & 5th Street South), where a vigil will take place starting at 7 pm.
Information: https://www.ailethbridge.com/events/sisters-in-spirit-2021

Peace River

Peace River Sisters in Spirit Walk & Vigil

Date: October 4, 2021
Time: 4:30 pm
Event location: Peace River Museum
Description: Welcome and gathering to take place at the Peace River Museum, followed by a march across Heart River Bridge to Riverfront Park, where a memorial service will be held.
Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2679890338972473/

Wetaskiwin

Sisters in Spirit Vigil and Walk

Date: October 4, 2021
Time: 12 pm
Event location: Diamond Jubilee Park (5409 50 ave)
Description: A ceremony will begin at noon in Diamond Jubilee Park followed by a walk towards Maskwacis.
Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1013436399415768

Virtual events

Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW) Online Gathering

Date: October 4, 2021
Time: 4 pm to 6:30 pm MST
Description: An online event hosted by the IAAW on Zoom to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people in Alberta and share information about the work that’s been done over the past year. Registration is required.
Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/sisters-in-spirit-online-gathering-hosted-by-iaaw-tickets-174513964967
Information: https://www.facebook.com/esquao

Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) Virtual Vigil

Date: October 4, 2021
Time: 12 pm to 1:30 pm MST
Description: Join Lorraine Whitman (Grandmother White Sea Turtle), Elder Roberta Oshkawbewisens and the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls from across Canada. RSVP to the event to get a notification when it starts.
Information: https://www.nwac.ca/event/sisters-in-spirit-virtual-vigil/

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