When Terrie Ann Dauphinais was murdered in 2002, she left behind three children.
“My grandchildren will never know what it’s like to have their mother’s love,” said her mother, Sue Martin, in an impassioned speech at the Sisters In Spirit vigil on Parliament Hill yesterday.
“Women are fleeing abuse and being murdered every day … and people are turning blind eyes.
We have to stand up and say, enough is enough. This is generations lost. This is my family.
We’re all in pain. I’m asking Canadians to stand up and say, ‘No more.’”
Bridget Tolley also had a story to share. Her mother, Gladys, died in 2001 after being struck by a Surete du Quebec police cruiser.
“I will continue to fight,” said Tolley, “not only to restore my mother’s dignity, but to support all the missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls and their families.”
“We all have the same reasons for being here,” said Pauline Decontie, an elder from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nations territory.