Amnesty group to hold vigil

Rimbey Group of Amnesty International will do its part to remember and pay tribute to murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls

Rimbey Group of Amnesty International will do its part to remember and pay tribute to murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls by holding a candlelight vigil.

The vigil is to be held Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Beatty House Park and everyone is invited to attend.

Amnesty International is one of the organizations supporting the vigil, a national movement started several years ago by the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

Florence Stemo said Rimbey will be one of more than 100 communities across the country where people will gather to remember and honor the lives of the missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.

“This vigils help support their grieving families and provide opportunities for healing and to foster awareness of this shameful social issue with the hope for change.”

Following the outdoor ceremony, those in attendance are invited together inside the Beatty House for discussion and light refreshments.

Following the vigil, those who wish to do so may sign a petition addressed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper asking for a national inquiry into the epidemic of violence that plagues the lives of Canadian Aboriginal women and girls.

The Native Women’s Association of Canada also invites the public to light a candle at their virtual candlelight vigil. The www.october4th.ca website was created as a place of hope and healing. Anyone who visits the site will be invited to light a candle and leave a dedication.