October 4, is the National Day of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQ+ people (MMIWG). Today, across the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) we honour the lives and legacies of the victims and survivors, the women, girls and 2SLGBTQ+ loved ones impacted by this tragic and on-going violence. While we offer our support through thoughts and prayers today, we must also take action.

We hope today that you use your voice to advocate for change, to support and comfort a loved one who may be struggling, or take the time learn more about the underlying causes of this terrible violence and the ways you can be involved in making a difference.

As we collectively reflect on the tragedy that continues to impact so many in our communities, we ask that you stand with us, and all Indigenous peoples today. Each year, vigils are held across Canada to raise awareness and foster a space of healing and support for families. Many vigils this year will be virtual, including the @NWAC livestream at 2PM today. We encourage you learn more and attend at www.nwac.ca/event/sisters-in-spirit-virtual-vigil/

Today, as you observe a moment of remembrance for our sisters, we ask that you light a candle in your window to show your support and solidarity. Share your thoughts on this national day of action and remembrance with your communities by using the hashtags #SISVigils and #MMIWG

We hope that you come together today, and all days, to call for action, change, justice and peace.