‘Take Back the Night’ rally slated Monday

Coinciding with an annual event which takes place around the world, a “Take Back the Night” march and rally demanding an end to all forms of violence against women and children will be held here Monday.
Dubbed “Hands Across the Bridge,” those taking part are asked to meet at the Ontario Travel Information centre here at 6 p.m. The group then will march across the bridge to meet up with participants from International Falls and form an international human chain.
This is the first time in quite a few years that a “Take Back the Night” rally has been held in Fort Frances, said Peggy Loyie, Aboriginal Healing and Wellness co-ordinator with the United Native Friendship Centre here.
Loyie, who also was involved in organizing the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women vigil here last December, noted “Take Back the Night rallies began more than 30 years ago in England, where women—particularly poverty-stricken, single mothers—began to speak out publicly against rape and sexual assault.
“We want to keep bringing that message out. That’s why we’re doing a rally,” she remarked, adding the event is being organized by the UNFC, Atikokan Native Friendship Centre, and Atikokan Crisis Centre.
But it also will include representation from groups such as Friends Against Abuse and the Federation of Women Teachers.
“Everybody shares one concern. We just need to get together,” added Loyie. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to bring some awareness to the issue.”
Elder Bessie Mainville will be a special guest.
As it also is a candlelight vigil, candles will be provided. A luncheon at the UNFC building (516 Portage Ave.) will follow.
For more information, call Loyie at 274-3207, Donna at 1-800-465-3348, or Flo at 597-1213.

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