Okîsikow (Angel) Way Rededicated During Stolen Sisters and Brothers Awareness Walk

Annual event, in its tenth year, increases the awareness of the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous men and women.

  • Okîsikow (Angel) way after the sign blade was uncovered during the rededication. Paula E. Kirman

  • The walk went from City Hall to the Armature area of Boyle Street, and back. Paula E. Kirman

The tenth annual Stolen Sisters and Brothers Awareness Walk took place on June 11. Around 150 people took part in this event which brings attention to the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and men.

After a number of speakers at City Hall, participants walked to 101A Avenue. There, the rededication of Okîsikow (Angel) Way took place, which was originally unveiled in Edmonton on June 14, 2011. This stretch of 101A Avenue between 97 and 96 Street honours women who have experienced violence and is a reminder that victims of domestic violence have safe places in Edmonton to seek shelter and support.

The sign blade for Okîsikow (Angel) Way was designed by Gloria Neapetung, an Indigenous artist and activist whose work has been used by Amnesty International, the Canadian Federal Penitentiaries, and the Edmonton Institute for Women. She died in January of 2016.

Edmonton is the fifth city in Canada with an Okîsikow (Angel) Way.

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  • Hallelujah Garage Sale – The Hallelujah Garage Sale on June 17 featured tables of goods for sale in front of many of the churches along Church Street, as well as in the McCauley Rink. The event was supported by McCauley Revitalization. Dan Glugosh

  • Cecily Mills Receives Public Interest Award – Boyle Street resident and Boyle McCauley News contributor Cicely Mills received the 2017 Public Interest Award at the Public Interest Alberta (PIA) AGM on June 19. From left: Larry Booi (PIA Board President), Joel French (PIA Executive Director), Cicely, and John Wodak (Chair of the Seniors’ Action Liaison Team - SALT). Cicely was nominated for the award by SALT. Each year the Public Interest Awards are awarded to individuals and/or organizations who are working to strengthen Alberta’s public sphere and public interest. Public Interest Alberta

  • Pride Parade 2017 – The 2017 Pride Parade took place on June 10. This year’s Grand Marshalls were Edmonton’s two-spirit community. Paula E. Kirman  

  • Annual Homeless Memorial – Gary Moostoos places a flower at the Homeless Memorial sculpture during the Edmonton Homeless Memorial on June 2, organized by the Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (ECOHH). ECOHH identified 106 deaths in 2016 due to homelessness, with a total of 599 deaths documented since the first memorial service 12 years ago. Paula E. Kirman

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