Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO)’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Girls (MMIWG) and Liaison Unit planned and attended a vigil for Tessa Perry on Sunday, June 5, 2022, in Thompson, Manitoba.
Tessa was originally from South Indian Lake but was residing in Winnipeg when her life was taken on May 28, 2022, as a result of domestic violence. Perry was a young 31-year-old mother of four children. She was in university and planning to become a teacher.
MKO’s MMIWG team created snack bags and had water bottles on hand for participants who were in attendance at the event. The participants enjoy the water and snack bags.
Our MKO team also provided the participants with roses and candles for the vigil and made commemorative posters for the family members. Amy Carriere was the emcee for the event while Trevor Constant of MKO’s Mobile Crisis Response Team provided the opening and closing prayers.
Trevor Constant, Joy Budd, and Paulene Ballantyne were present from the MKO Mobile Crisis Team to provide health supports and Rene Linklater, Program Manager for the Mobile Crisis Response Team and Mental Wellness Program was also present for the vigil. Finally, Smitty from Music Makers provided the sound, music, and sound system for free, which was greatly appreciated.
To read more about MKO’s MMIWG Liaison Unit and to find info to contact them, visit: https://mkonation.com/advocacy-areas/mmiwg/
Below are some photos from the vigil for Tessa Perry that was held in Thompson on June 5, 2022.