22nd annual Take Back the Night march held in Sioux Lookout
Tim Brody - Editor
Approximately 40 people took to the street last Thursday evening in support of everyone’s right to be safe and live free from violence and abuse in Sioux Lookout.
Participants marched through the downtown core in Sioux Lookout’s 22nd annual Take Back the Night march.
This year’s march was organized by Sioux Lookout’s Domestic Violence Action and Awareness Committee, which includes First Step Women’s Shelter, Sunset Women’s Aboriginal Circle, Ontario Native Women’s Association, Ah-shawah-bin Support Services, Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre, Equay-Wuk (Women’s Group) and St. Andrew’s United Church.
Following the march SWAC Circle of Care Worker Kimberly Murphy read out poems written by three women living in Sioux Lookout, describing the abuse they have suffered.
“It’s sad that we have to continue to do it,” Murphy said of the Take Back the Night march. “No one talks about sexual violence against women.”
“I’m glad the community comes and supports us,” commented FSWS counselling coordinator Carmelia Agustin.
FSWS executive director Tana Troniak said the 14 bed shelter is normally always over capacity.
She added she’s concerned about the shelter’s funding with a new government in place. However she praised the community of Sioux Lookout for its ongoing support.
FSWS she shared has just opened a new sexual assault centre which provides services to men, women and children.
People can call 807-737-4848 to find out more about the services it offers or to self-refer.