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Photo: Contributed A vigil is being held in Kelowna to remember indigenous women, girls and two-spirited people who have been murdered or gone missing.

Everyone in Kelowna is invited to attend on Feb. 14 at the steps of the Kelowna Law Courts at 5 p.m.

The Native Women’s Association of Canada has worked for more than four decades to document the systemic violence impacting Indigenous women, girls, their families, and communities.

“Throughout our work, NWAC believed the violence against Indigenous women to be much more pervasive than publicly available data would indicate,” said a spokesperson.

“This suspicion was confirmed in 2013, when the RCMP released a report revealing 1,181 cases of missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls.”

Each year, the vigil is held on Valentine’s Day to honour Indigenous women, trans and two-spirit people, who have perished as a consequence of physical, mental, spiritual and emotional violence.

The evening will start with an opening prayer and then move to the Kelowna Regional Library for a meal and speeches.

Attendees are asked to wear red and more details can be found here .

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