Prayers for Peacemakers, 8 November 2017

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Prayers
for Peacemakers, 8 November 2017

Pray
for the important truth-seeking work of the Canadian
National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Pray for those who lost their loved ones as they share and relive
their grief. Pray that the truth might build a path to healing and transformation.

Recently,
during one of the sessions of the Winnipeg portion of the National
Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous
Women
and Girls and LGBTQ2S
, the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity team
listened to the difficult account from three Indigenous families who
had their sister, mother, daughter, aunt taken from them in a brutal
way.

In
the last 30 years, anywhere from 1,300 to 4,000 Indigenous women,
girls and members of the LGBTQ2S community have been taken from their
loved ones. The variance in the numbers is because many
disappearances are not reported or counted by authorities.
This inquiry is to hear the stories and to examine and report the
systemic causes of violence. The inquiry commissioners spent five
days in Winnipeg and will go to rural and urban communities across
this vast land.

This
week we would like to ask you to pray:


For the families as they relive the stories of their loved ones and
the days of grief.

For the inquiry commissioners as they hear so many stories of
horrific deeds done to women, girls and LGBTQ2S people – that they
will remain strong to support and listen.

For all people of Canada – that we will find a way forward to protect
the women and to eradicate causes of such violence.

And
we pray for the inquiry that it will: Find the
truth;
honour the truth;
and give life to the truth as a path to healing.

Public gathering to remember murdered indigenous women
Photo: Several
times a year family members, other loved ones and members of the public
gather to remember the Indigenous women, girls and LGBTQ2S people who
have been murdered or who are still missing.

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