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Vigil remembers slain, missing native women

About 150 people were at Vancouver’s Crab Park yesterday to remember the hundreds — and possibly thousands — of aboriginal women who have been murdered or are missing in Canada.

Similar rallies were held in several other cities across the country to call for a national plan of action.

The Sisters in Spirit vigils were organized by Amnesty International and The Walk for Justice.

Participant Rose Alexis said it’s important to remember Canada’s stolen sisters.

“I am here to support the cause. As an aboriginal-born woman we are all subject to becoming stolen sisters,” Alexis said.

While the vigil is now in its fifth year, organizer Gladys Radek said women are still disappearing, but no action is being taken by the federal government.

“We have lists with well over 3,000 (names of missing women), Walk for Justice has well over 3,000 names and we get reports from all over the nation. The numbers are climbing drastically,” Radek said.

“It’s time we started doing something about it instead of society accepting it.”

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