Sisters in Spirit – in Pictures

Hundreds of people marched down Stephen Avenue Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 to honour the lives of aboriginal women who have been murdered or have disappeared in Canada, and to push for greater awareness of the issue. An estimated 1,200 aboriginal women and girls are either missing or murdered, and according to the RCMP, 1,017 were homicide victims while 164 were missing persons. The following photo gallery is a collection of images from the emotional event, shot by the photojournalism specialists from SAIT’s journalism program.

Murdered Daughters: Verna reacts to Travis Rabbit’s story at the annual Sisters in Spirit march and vigil at the Olympic Plaza in Calgary on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. Verna has five daughters, two of which were murdered through gang violence. “The justice system failed me,” said Verna. “Now whenever I share my story I’m scared for my other three daughters.” (Photo by Miranda Haughian/The Press)

Sisters March: Diane Eaglespeaker, right, and Jackie Bromley, middle, lead the Sisters in Spirit March and Vigil through Stephen Ave in Calgary on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. The march and vigil is held annually to mourn the loss of indigenous women in Canada. (Photo by Brady Bateman/The Press)

A Father’s Pain: Travis Rabbit shares his story of losing his youngest daughter at the Sisters in Spirit march and vigil at the Olympic Plaza in Calgary on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. The event is held annually to honour the lives of the estimated 1,200 missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. Last year, Rabbit’s youngest daughter was murdered just off the highway while hitchhiking to meet her father. (Photo by Miranda Haughian/The Press)

Honour, Love, and Praise: Cheryle Agnon-Greyeyes plays a drum while singing traditional indigenous songs during the Sisters in Spirit march and vigil in Calgary on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. The event is held annually to honour the lives of the estimated 1,200 missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. (Photo by Brady Bateman/The Press)

Sisters Mourn: Shaylin Cardinal, left, and Dana Righthand, react as they listen to speakers sharing their stories at the Sisters in Spirit march and vigil at the Olympic Plaza in Calgary on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. The event is held annually to honour the lives of the estimated 1,200 missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. (Photo by Miranda Haughian/The Press)

Looking for Closure: The mother of Brittany Bearspaw walks along Steven Avenue carrying memorials of her daughter during the Sisters in Spirit march and vigil in Calgary on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. The event is held annually to honour the lives of the estimated 1,200 missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. (Photo by Brenna Varga/The Press)

Sisters Mourn: Listening to a prayer, two indigenous women mourn together at the Sisters in Spirit march and vigil at Olympic Plaza in Calgary on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. The march and vigil is held annually to honour the lives of the estimated 1,200 missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. (Photo by Brenna Varga/The Press)

Sisters in Spirit: Teanna Wahobin participates in the Sisters in Spirit march and vigil at the Olympic Plaza in Calgary on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. The march and vigil is held annually to honour the lives of the estimated 1,200 missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. (Photo by Miranda Haughian/The Press)

Show of Support: Indigenous and non-indigenous people gather for the Sisters in Spirit march and vigil at the Olympic Plaza in Calgary on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. The event is held annually to honour the lives of the estimated 1,200 missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. (Photo by Miranda Haughian/The Press)

Healing: Participants mourn for Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls during the Sisters In Spirit March and Vigil at Olympic Plaza in Calgary on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. The march and vigil is held annually to honour the lives of the estimated 1,200 missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. (Photo by Spencer Olsen-Thul/The Press)

Sisters in Spirit: Chantal Chagnon, centre, sings and drums during the Sisters In Spirit March and Vigil at Olympic Plaza in Calgary on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. The march and vigil is held annually to honour the lives of the estimated 1,200 missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. (Photo by Spencer Olsen-Thul/The Press)

Show of Support: A crowd gathers to listen to speakers at the Sisters in Spirit March and Vigil at Olympic Plaza in Calgary on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. The march and vigil is held annually to honour the lives of the estimated 1,200 missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. (Photo by Brenna Varga/The Press)

Sisters in Spirit: Cheryle Chagnon Greyeyes welcomes Mayor Naheed Nenshi to speak at the Sisters In Spirit March and Vigil at Olympic Plaza in Calgary on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. The event is held annually to honour the lives of the estimated 1,200 missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. (Photo by Spencer Olsen-Thul/The Press)

Sisters in Spirit: Calgary Police officer Claire Smart, left, shares a smile and a hug with Natalie St-Denis, a member of the Sisters in Spirt March and Vigil in Calgary on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. The march and vigil is held annually to honour the lives of the estimated 1,200 missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. (Photo by Brady Bateman/The Press)

Sisters in Spirit: Stephanie English shares the story of her two deceased daughters during the Sisters in Spirit March and Vigil in Calgary on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. The march and vigil is held annually to honour the lives of the estimated 1,200 missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. (Photo by Brady Bateman/The Press)

Hope for the Future: A young girl grasps her mothers hand as they walk along Steven Avenue during the Sisters in Spirit March and Vigil in Calgary on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. The march and vigil is held annually to honour the lives of the estimated 1,200 missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. (Photo by Brenna Varga/The Press)