NAN Statement on MMIWG & Sisters in Spirit Vigils

Thunder Bay, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and the NAN Women’s Council has issued the following statement in support of Sisters in Spirit Vigils honouring the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) this month:

 “Nishnawbe Aski Nation and the NAN Women’s Council would like to acknowledge all Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. We send our thoughts and prayers to the families and communities in support of their journeys towards justice and healing.

 Women are sacred; it is our collective responsibility to take steps towards keeping our women and girls safe.

On behalf of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, the NAN Women’s Council insists upon substantive change across all levels of government and services utilizing the Families First Principle (nothing for us, without us), so that no more Indigenous women and girls are lost.”

On Sunday October 4, NAN will acknowledge and support the Sisters in Spirit Vigils established by the Native Women’s Association of Canada to honour the lives of MMIWG. These vigils help raise awareness of an ongoing crisis as well as provide healing opportunities for families who have lost a loved one.

 On Monday October 5, Women’s Council representative Theresa Sutherland will participate in a broadcast on Wawatay adio at 10 a.m. EST to raise awareness and promote dialogue on the importance of supporting families and honouring the lives of MMIWG.

To join the Sisters in Spirit Virtual Vigil on October 4 please visit:

To listen to Wawatay Radio’s live broadcast on October 5 please visit

For more information please contact:
Michael Heintzman,
Director of Communications
Cell: (807) 621-2790