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The Walking With Our Sisters memorial was hosted on the traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation in July and August, 2015. There were many community meetings beforehand, over 300 volunteers carried out a multitude of tasks, and 4,431 people visited the memorial. There were four major ceremonies in the K’ómoks First Nation Big House and much cultural sharing and learning. Many of the volunteers commented that they felt a strong sense of community and wanted to carry on after the memorial left the Comox Valley. As a result, Honouring Our Sisters came into being.
Honouring Our Sisters is facilitated by the Comox Valley Transition Society. Community members are invited to bring forward ideas for events and actions that honour and bring awareness to missing and murdered aboriginal women, and to help plan those events and actions. Upcoming events will be posted on this website and on our Facebook page.
Walking With Our Sisters Comox Valley – Photo Albums
Press Releases from WWOS Comox Valley
Highway of Tears Film Screening
World Community is honoured to present the film Highway of Tears (76 min.) on Tuesday, July 21 at 7 pm at the Stan Hagen Theatre (North Island College, Courtenay) as part of the Walking With Our Sisters events commemorating missing and murdered Aboriginal women.
Bell Ringing Ceremony at St. George’s Church in Courtenay on August 1st
(July 14th, 2015) On Saturday, August 1st beginning at 10:00am, a special bell-ringing ceremony will be held on the front grounds of St. George’s United Church. The church bell will ring over 1181 times to commemorate the indigenous women and girls in Canada that have been reported missing or have been murdered in the last 30 years.
K’ómoks First Nation plans large-scale artistic healing event by Drew A. Penner (The Comox Valley Echo)
When Comox Valley resident Dolores Pflanz started working at Kuper Island Residential School in 1969 she was excited to supervise native girls from Grades 1-4. The 19-year-old Caucasian high school grad was surprised to see how hesitant the children were to share their culture with her. Article no longer available.
Walking with Our Sisters – A commemorative art installation for missing and murdered Indigenous women of Canada and the United States (Times Colonist in Victoria)
Walking With Our Sisters is a commemorative art installation comprised of 1,763+ pairs of moccasin vamps (tops) plus 108 pairs of children’s vamps. Each pair of vamps represents one of the over 1,181 Indigenous women reported missing or murdered over the past 30 years. The intentionally unfinished moccasins are representative of the unifhinsehd lived that were cut short.