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Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Honoured

June 27, 2019

The Kainai Wellness Centre hosted a two day healing event Tuesday and Wednesday in Standoff to remember the women and girls murdered from the Blood Reserve.

More than 20 families from the Kainai Nation came to show their support against the injustice done to their aunts, sisters, mothers, grandmothers, and friends who have been tragically taken.

Kainai Wellness Centre director, Terri-Lynn Fox told Bridge City News that the event came about when they received a grant to hold the healing event in honour of the women of the Blood Reserve as a way to promote understanding, education and healing around the issue, as well as bring light to policy.

During the two day event there were speeches from the victim's families, a pow-wow, and a time to come together as a community.

Many in attendance brought pictures of their loved ones on posters.

Peggy Chief Moon, who tragically lost her sister, Trixie two years ago, said she was very thankful for the event.

"That's how we're dealing with our sister's death because it was so devastating," says Chief Moon, adding that her Trixie's accuser only received eight years.

Selena Medicine Shield, who holds the title of Miss Blackfoot 2019-20, also lost her grandmother and aunt to violence in separate incidents. She says the family did not receive justice in either incident.

Medicine Shield now makes it her platform to educate youth about the issue.

"I go around to these different types of events and I go to different non-indigenous schools and speak specifically about missing and murdered indigenous women," she says.