A Sudbury church will literally be ringing the bells — more than 1,000 times, in fact — to remind people about Canada’s murdered or missing aboriginal woman.
On June 1, the Anglican Church of the Epiphany on Larch Street will start to rings its bells in a process that will take three weeks.
“Each peal of the bells represents the life of one missing or murdered aboriginal woman or girl in Canada,” the church said in a release. “By the end of June 20, Epiphany’s bells will have been rung 1,122 times.
“The bell ringing remembers these women. It also expresses the solidarity of the Anglican Church of Canada with Canada’s indigenous peoples in their pursuit of justice and their demand for an official inquiry on missing and murdered women and girls. The bells will begin to sound the morning after the closing ceremonies of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Ottawa.”
From June 1 to June 20, the bells of the Church of the Epiphany will ring on the hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
While the church and others have called for one, the federal government contends that a national inquiry into violence against aboriginal women is unnecessary.
The Conservative government has said the issue has been studied thoroughly and that it prefers to take direct action on what it calls a criminal issue and not a sociological trend.
The RCMP says 1,017 aboriginal women and girls were murdered in Canada from 1980 to 2012 — a homicide rate 4.5 times greater than the general female population.
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