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Vigils honour missing and murdered women

September 6th, 2010     by Jenna Owsianik     Comments

Maisy Odjick (left) and Shannon Alexander (right) are shown in these undated photographs. (

Two years ago, Shannon Alexander, 16, and Maisy Odjick, 16, disappeared without a trace from the town of Maniwaki, Que., near their native community of Kitigan Zibi.

Families and friends continue to search for the girls, and are holding a candlelight vigil in their honour on Monday evening in Kitigan Zibi.

Shannon and Maisy are two of nearly 600 missing or murdered aboriginal women and girls in Canada, according to the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

On Oct. 4, candlelight vigils will be held across the country to commemorate the lives of the missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls, and to highlight the violence carried out against them.

To find a vigil in your area, or to organize your own, click here.

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