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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 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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