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Sisters in Spirit Vigil at National Headquarters

A/Cmmr. Shirley Cuillierrier and Drumkeeper Barbara Hill of the Kitigan Zibi First Nation at the Sisters in Spirit ceremony at HQ on Oct. 4, 2017.

A/Cmmr. Shirley Cuillierrier and Drumkeeper Barbara Hill of the Kitigan Zibi First Nation at the Sisters in Spirit ceremony at HQ on Oct. 4, 2017.

The health and safety of Indigenous communities is one of the RCMP's five strategic priorities. Additionally, the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is of great importance for the RCMP and the more than 600 Aboriginal communities that we serve.

Each year, on October 4th, the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) brings awareness to the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls through Sisters in Spirit (SIS) vigils in communities across Canada. The vigils are held to honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and to highlight the disproportionate levels of violence experienced by Indigenous women and girls.