The MKO Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Liaison Unit held a Commemoration Event in Sapotaweyak Cree Nation on August 26 & 27, 2022.
The purpose of the event was to seek input of community and family members impacted by MMIWG on the design of a monument that will be placed in the City of Thompson. The memorial statue will represent and honour the lives of missing and murdered indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ peoples. David Thomas, from Treaty #1 Development Corporation, is the Lead Architect that will be assisting with the design of the monument.
The Commemoration Event in Sapotaweyak Cree Nation included a smudge ceremony and elder prayer, sharing circles, grounding exercises, art, empowerment activities, and discussions about the monument memorial statue.
Thank you to Sapotaweyak Cree Nation for hosting MKO in your community. MKO would also like to thank Councillor and impacted family member, Fred Stevens, for participating and providing opening remarks for the event, and the impacted family members that participated in the Commemoration Event. The unit is grateful and honoured to have met with you, and to have been a part of your healing journey.
The MMIWG Liaison Unit has plans to visit a total of 8 communities.