At the Annual meeting of Saskatchewan Conference in May 2015, the Conference adopted a proposal to Call upon the congregations and ministries of Saskatchewan conference to annually remember Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in our prayers on the Sunday immediately prior to October 4th which in 2015 actually is October 4.
In May 2014, the RCMP confirmed that there were 1,181 reported cases of murdered and missing aboriginal women in the last 30 years.
According to Canadian government statistics, Aboriginal women and girls are three times more likely to experience violence than any other population in Canada, and five to seven times more likely to die from that violence.
Our prayers are needed and this link will take you to some prayers created by Alydia Smith of General Council Office www.united-church.ca/files/planning/theme/aboriginal_prayer.rtf
But the annual meeting called for more than prayers, calling upon congregations and ministries to remember by educating ourselves, and by encouraging individuals to participate in the Sisters in Spirit Vigil on Oct 4 each year. For more information
and if there is not a vigil near you, you can light a candle on this site http://www.october4th.ca/