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Douglas students call for inquiry
More than 200 signed a petition during a rally at Douglas College on Tuesday calling for a national inquiry to investigate more than 500 reported cases of missing Aboriginal women and girls in Canada.
The Sisters in Spirit Vigil was put on by the Douglas Students' Union in the concourse of the New Westminster campus to raise awareness of the issue.
"These missing women aren't statistics, they are real people; someone's mother, grandmother, daughter, auntie, cousin, and they are all our sisters," said Sonia Keshane, Aboriginal liaison for the DSU. "Something needs to be done. We need awareness, we need action and we need it now."
DSU college relations coordinator Madison Paradis-Woodman said violence against Aboriginal women is a national tragedy. He said a national inquiry is needed "not only so families of loved ones can find justice and peace, but to prevent and address systemic racism and violence against Aboriginal women" from continuing in Canada.
During the rally, many of the students were also able to create felt dolls as part of the Native Women's Association of Canada's Faceless Doll Project, a visual tribute to the women and girls.