Keremeos’ Victory Hall will host an event this evening honouring the lives and memories of Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
“The number of missing and murdered women is disproportionate within Canadian society as a whole, Indigenous women are significantly overrepresented as victims of homicide,” explained organizer Leslie Fabriz.
“Those left behind spend a lifetime wondering what happened and why. We are honouring not only the memories of the missing women and girls, but we also honour their family members who have been left behind.”
The event is being hosted by the Okanagan Nation Transition Emergency House with the support of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band, the Upper Similkameen Indian Band and the Okanagan Nation Alliance.
“The violence experienced by Indigenous women and girls in Canada is a national tragedy,” said Ms. Fabriz.
“To date, there are more than 1,200 missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls in this country”
The event will be staged at Victory Hall, located on Main Street. It opens with a dinner at 5:30 p.m. A memorial walk follows at 6:30 p.m.