Monday, September 15, 2008

The Walk for Justice is a group of aboriginal women and their supporters who have trekked 3500 miles from Vancouver to Ottawa to call attention to the often ignored plight of murdered and missing aboriginal women. Their trek ends today in the nation's capital. Here, from the Mostly Water website is the events that have already or are occurring as well as links to the petition in support of their call.
[Ottawa] (Multiple Events) Support the Walk 4 Justice:
: America/Montreal
City: Ottawa
Address: 320 Jack Purcell Lane
Email: Email Contact Form
Cost: Free
Movie Fundraiser for the Walk 4 Justice
Suggested Donation $5-$15. No one will be turned away.
Sept. 10 at 7:00pm
Jack Purcell Community Center
Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement – Ottawa (IPSMO)
All donations go to the Walk 4 Justice
Everyone Welcome!
Wheelchair Accessible
The Walk 4 Justice are brave women and their supporters who are travelling 3500 miles from Vancouver to Ottawa to bring awareness to the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women. They will arrive in Ottawa on Friday, September 12 and be here until Monday, September 15.

In the last decade over 3,000 women have gone missing, 80% of whom are aboriginal. The walkers intend to present a petition on September 15, 2008 to Prime Minister Steven Harper and Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl in hopes that the current government will take a proactive approach to ending violence against Aboriginal women.

IPSMO will be showing, “Finding Dawn”. In Finding Dawn, Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh journeys to the dark heart of Native women's experience in Canada, exploring the stories of murdered and missing women. Her journey takes her from Vancouver's skid row, where more than 60 women are missing, to the "Highway of Tears" in northern British Columbia, to Saskatoon, where the murders of Native women remain unresolved. Written and directed by Welsh and produced by Svend-Erik Eriksen.

To sign the petition go to: or
If you can help by providing a free billet contact: Minwaashin Lodge, 613-741-5590 ext 224
If you can help by providing a financial donation contact: Leighann Burns, 613-233-5990
If you can help by providing feast food, transportation or other needs please contact: Erin Lee Todd, 613-257-3469
The Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement –Ottawa (IPSMO) is a community group that supports indigenous peoples' struggles for justice. We do this by supporting Indigenous groups directly and by working to counter the racist and colonial ideas that dominate Canadian society.-------------------------
CTV article: Activists start cross-country trek for missing women
Musical Fundraiser
Friday, Sept. 12th at 8pm
Umi Café, 610 Somerset West
Suggested Donation, $5-$10
All donations go to Walk 4 Justice
Everyone Welcome!
An open mic/music and poetry concert featuring local poets and artists including members of Ottawa's Young griot Collective and local First Nations spoken-word poet Tom Powless.
There will also be speeches and stories from the Walk 4 Justice organizers.
A full list of performers will be announced as soon as possible
The Walk 4 Justice Unity March
Monday, Sept. 15
Human Rights Monument, 9:30am
The walkers will leave Minwaashin Lodge at 9am
Supporters are invited to join them at the Human Rights monument at 9:30am. The March will continue to parliament hill.
The Parliament Hill Rally:
MC Sister in Spirit Theresa Ducharme
10am, President Beverly Jacobs Native Women’s Association of Canada
10:15am, National Chief, Phil Fontaine Assembly of First Nations
10:30am, Gladys Radek & Bernie Williams, Walk 4 Justice Organizers
- Daleen Bossee Muskego
- Ramona Wilson
- Grand Chief Ed John of the Tl’azt’en Nation
- Grand Chief Stewart Philip of the Union of the British Columbia Indian Chiefs
- British Columbia Regional Chief Shaun Atleo
- Chief Wayne Christianson of Spalts’ in First Nation
- Chief Doug Kelly of Soowahlie First Nation
- President of the United Native Nations Society – Lillian George
- Founder of the Highway of Tears walk, Florence Naziel

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