They died too young. Others went missing. Mothers, sisters, aunts, friends, grandmothers.
But they’re not forgotten.
For the last four years, their memories have been kept alive at the Sisters in Spirit vigil hosted by the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto.
The vigil takes place every year on October 4 across the country, bringing attention to the over 600 documented cases of aboriginal murdered or missing women and girls in Canada over the last two decades.
Many of the cases remain unsolved.
“Although this number is enormous, we know that the actual number runs into the thousands,” said emcee Denise Booth, a coordinator at the Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto.