We are settlers on this stolen land, we call Canada. We would like to take a moment to recognize that we are on the unceded, stolen land of the Coast Salish People, specifically the Katzie, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo First People. We would like to thank the Elders, past, present, and emerging for their contribution for to our communities and their continuing contributions.
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We would like to give thanks to the Stars of the North Drummers for sharing with us their stories through song and drum, thank you, Louella Vincent, for inspiring us to do this event. To CUPE BC Diversity VP Shelley and CUPE National Diversity VP Debra for teaching us and guiding us on what allyship is. This was our first time putting on this event for the missing and murdered indigenous women, girls and two spirited peoples. We will continue to do this every year to bring awareness to all those who have been stolen from us. Thank you, Nora, Shannon, the Women’s committee and the Human Rights and Equity Committee for your support and volunteering to helping. Thank you for the donations from CUPE BC, CUPE Metro, Daun Fredrickson from CUPE 1091, MOVE UP, the Human Rights and Equity Committee of 728 and CUPE 728 Executive. To our Membership thank you for your continued support and to all those who volunteered to make this event a success. You shared in this event with us and are witness to the injustice of the missing murdered indigenous women, girls and two spirited people. Share this story, do not stand silent, be an ally.