REGINA – The Regina Police Department invited the community to join them for their first Sisters in Spirit walk on Monday.
Sisters in Spirit is recognized annually on October 4 to honor the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
Heather Shepard, cultural relations officer for the Regina Police Service (RPS), said the walk was planned with advice from their Elder Advisory Council in hopes of bringing the community together.
“For many of us it will be a little spiritual journey and we are going to have a bit of healing and grief on this walk,” said Cat Koch, who participated in the five kilometer walk from RPS headquarters. and the RCMP. Heritage Center.
Many of the Regina Police Force work with families on cases like this. As they attend the vigil each year, Shepard said the RPS wants to do more.
“From patrolling to major crimes to missing persons, our forensic identification unit to our victim services unit who are all with us today, it brings us all together to heal and educate women and men. missing and murdered Indigenous girls, ”Shepard said.
Koch said the day was aimed at raising awareness of the “huge” problem, adding that it is important for all of these women and children to know that they have the support of everyone, including the police.
“To know that we have their support, I can’t say that’s what we need. We need everyone and they can help get things done, ”Koch said.
Upon arriving at the RCMP Heritage Center, the group gathered at the retreat to lay roses in honor of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
A vigil will take place Monday evening at the same place.