Yellow sing Your Sisters Are Our SistersHundreds of Indigenous women have gone missing or been murdered in the land now known as Canada.  Every February 14th, Indigenous peoples and their allies gather in front of police headquarters in Toronto, Canada (and various places across the country) to Honour and Remember these women.

The photo essay below is from today (February 14, 2014) at the 9th Annual Strawberry Ceremony for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

Photos taken by Jorge Antonio Vallejos aka Black Coffee Poet (ask for use of photos)

Originally appearing on the No More Silence website is an incomplete list of Indigenous women who have died violent and premature deaths in Ontario, Canada:

♥ Alice Quoquat Netemegesic, murdered in Thunder Bay in the late 1970s.
♥ Alissa Martin-Travers, 5, murdered in Cornwall, April 2008.
♥ Audrey Brown, murdered in Lac La Croix First Nation, Sept. 2007.
♥ Barbara Shapwaykeesic, murdered in Thunder Bay in 1989.
♥ Bella (Nancy Marie) LaBoucan McLean, 25, fell from 31st floor of a Toronto condo on July 20, 2013.
♥ Bernadette Leclair, 16, murdered in Thunder Bay in 1987.
♥ Caroll Lou Viau, 41, missing from Thunder Bay in September 1985.
♥ Carolyn Connolly, 54. beaten and repeatedly stabbed to death, her body found on August 2, 2008 near Sherbourne and Dundas Streets, Toronto.
♥ Cheyenne Fox, 20, fell from 24th floor of a Don Mills condo on April 25, 2013.
♥ Cynthia Lynette Jamieson, 44 of Six Nations; beaten, brutally raped and murdered in Hamilton on June 12, 2002.

Mother holding photo of daughter
♥ Deanna Daw, of Fort Frances; shot to death on Oct. 29, 2000.
♥ Debbie Sloss- Clarke, 42, found dead in her room at Gerrard and Sherbourne, Toronto on July 29, 1997.
♥ Deborah Toulouse, 41, murdered in Wikwemikong on May 18, 2002.
♥ Denise Bourdeau, 39, murdered in Kitchener Waterloo in Jan. 2007.
♥ Diane Dobson, 36, found dead in ditch in Windsor in Feb. 1995.
♥ Diane Marshall, 43, found dead in Toronto in May 2006.
♥ Donna Kabatay, approx. late teens; murdered in Seine River First Nation.
♥ Donna Tebbenham, raped and murdered in Thunder Bay in 1987.
♥ Doreen Hardy, 18, murdered in Thunder Bay in 1996.
♥ Edith McGinnis Quagon, 42; murdered in Minneapolis.

Medicine Wheel Drum
♥ Elaine LaForme, 48, murdered in New Credit on Jan. 22, 2012
♥ Elena Assam-Thunderbird, 17, sexually assaulted and beaten to death on June 1, 2002.
♥ Helen Gillings; murdered in Hamilton, February 1995.
♥ Helen Louise Jacobs, 73, murdered in Elliot Lake, July 2005.
♥ Helyna Rivera of Six Nations 25, murdered in 2011 in Buffalo
♥ Holly Anne Painter, missing from East York since June 1995.
♥ Jane Jack, stabbed to death in Kenora on April 28, 1995.
♥ Jane Louise Sutherland, 20, fully clothed body found on Oct. 23, 1984 in Hull’s Jacques Cartier Park across the Ottawa River from Lowertown.
♥ Jennifer Stewart, stabbed to death in Ottawa in August 2010.
♥ Jordina Skunk, 29, found frozen to death in Fort Severin First Nation on January 31, 2008.

Group Photo
♥ Josephine Thompson, 18; murdered in 1971 – her body found by the railway tracks in Macdiarmid/Rocky Bay.
♥ Judie Thibault, 57, murdered in Thunder Bay in November 2000.
Katelynne Sampson, 7, found dead with signs of bodily trauma on August 3, 2008 in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood.
♥ Kelly Morrisseau, 27 and 7 months pregnant; murdered in Ottawa; her body found in Gatineau Park on December 10, 2006.
♥ Laura Pilon, 22, murdered in Thunder Bay in 1992.
♥ Lisa Lynn Anstey, 21, last seen getting into a car on Bleeker St; found murdered behind Street City in Toronto on May 12, 1997.
♥ Liz Bonney, murdered in Cat Lake First Nation in 1992.
♥ Lorraine Rivers, murdered in Thunder Bay.
♥ Mae Morton, 17, raped and left to freeze to death outside Beardmore in 1962.
♥ Margaret Yvonne Guylee, disappeared in Toronto in 1965.

Young Jibwe holding photo
♥ Margaret Perrault (Bluebird), 32, murdered in Thunder Bay in 1988.
♥ Mary Ann Davis, 25, murdered in Zhiibaahassing (Manitoulin Island) First Nation.
♥ Mary Peters King, murdered in Thunder Bay.
♥ Maxine Susanne Peters, 34, of Walpole Island First Nation; shot and killed on June 13, 2004.
♥ Meloni Sutton, 18, of Fort Frances; reported missing on March 13, 2003 and found murdered in Kenora
a month later.
♥ Mercedes Stevens, 9, murdered in Kashechewan First Nation, Sept. 2006.
♥ Pamela Holopainen, 22, of Schumacher; last seen in Timmins on Dec. 14, 2003.
♥ Petrina Whitecrow; murdered in Fort Frances.
♥ Rebecca Jean King, 22, missing since Oct. 21, 1999 from North Bay.

♥ Rena Fox, 38, murdered in Thunder Bay, Feb. 2003.
♥ Samantha Johnings, of Hamilton, 19 months; sexually assaulted and murdered on Dec. 13, 1992.
♥ Sandra Kaye Johnson, 18, found dead on Feb. 13, 1992 near 110 Ave in Thunder Bay.
♥ Sarah Jane Wawia Bernard, murdered in Thunder Bay in 1966.
♥ Sarah Mason, 44, murdered in Thunder Bay in 1997.
♥ Sarah Skunk, 43, missing from Thunder Bay since 1995.
♥ Shelley Lynne Joseph, of Six Nations, 43, stabbed to death in Hamilton on July 2nd 2004.
♥ Sonya Nadine Mae Cywink, 31, found dead in 1994 at Southwold Prehistoric Earthworks near Iona.
♥ Spring Phillips, 26, murdered in Toronto in December 2009.
♥ Stacey Diabo, 18 of Kahnawake; killed in Sept. 2003.

Terra Jean Gardner
♥ Susan Asslin, 19, brutally stabbed to death near Dryden in 1974.
♥ Sylvia Gaudet, 52 of Hamilton; found murdered on Jan. 5, 2005.
♥ Tashina Cheyenne Vaughn General, 21, murdered along with her unborn child, body found on
April 26, 2008 at Six Nations, near Chiefswood Road and Indian Line.
♥ Terra Gardener, 26, was killed by a train in Toronto on May 14, 2013.
♥ Theresa Wilkins Jamieson, body found Spring 2011 in Thames River, Chatham.
♥ Therese Labbe, 47, body found in Mountjoy River in October 1989.
♥ Tricia Paquette, 8, murdered in Brantford, February 1978.
♥ Viola Melvin, 67, murdered in Toronto on April 14, 1977.
♥ Viola Panacheese, 42, missing from Sioux Lookout since August 1991.

Cheyenne Wesley holding photo
♥ Virginia Nootchchtai, 31, missing from Whitefish, October 1988
♥ Vivian Cada, 53, found dead on June 30, 2005 in apt. at 285 Shuter St, Toronto.

Every February 14th we will honour and remember Indigenous women who have gone missing or been murdered. In the words of 2 Spirit Menominee poet Chrystos:

We pray for her

We sing for her

We drum for her

We pray

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About Black Coffee Poet

Black Coffee Poet is a mixed race poet, essayist, and journalist who focuses on Social Justice, Indigenous Rights, STOPPING Violence Against Women, Film, and Literature.
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