PHOTOS/VIDEO: Hope MMIW Take Back Canada rally remembers April Parisian

April Parisian’s mother Keitha Parisian speaks at the MMIW Takes Back Canada rally in Hope. April has been missing for nearly a year from her home community of Spuzzum. (Photo/Trish Dunbar)April Parisian’s mother Keitha Parisian speaks at the MMIW Takes Back Canada rally in Hope. April has been missing for nearly a year from her home community of Spuzzum. (Photo/Trish Dunbar)
April Parisian’s information is attached to a handprint-covered sign during the local MMIW Takes Back Canada rally in Hope. (Photo/Amber Hope)April Parisian’s information is attached to a handprint-covered sign during the local MMIW Takes Back Canada rally in Hope. (Photo/Amber Hope)
People across the Fraser Valley and Canada gathered for MMIW Takes Back Canada rallies, spreading awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. (Photo/Trish Dunbar)People across the Fraser Valley and Canada gathered for MMIW Takes Back Canada rallies, spreading awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. (Photo/Trish Dunbar)
One walker during the Take Back Canada rally in Hope wears April Parisian’s missing persons poster on their back. (Photo/Trish Dunbar)One walker during the Take Back Canada rally in Hope wears April Parisian’s missing persons poster on their back. (Photo/Trish Dunbar)
People across the Fraser Valley and Canada gathered for Take Back Canada rallies, spreading awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. (Photo/Amber Hope)People across the Fraser Valley and Canada gathered for Take Back Canada rallies, spreading awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. (Photo/Amber Hope)
About 30 people gathered at Five Corners in Chilliwack on Saturday, March 13, 2021 for MMIW Takes Back Canada, a nation-wide endeavour to draw attention to the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)About 30 people gathered at Five Corners in Chilliwack on Saturday, March 13, 2021 for MMIW Takes Back Canada, a nation-wide endeavour to draw attention to the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
About 30 people gathered at Five Corners in Chilliwack on Saturday, March 13, 2021 for MMIW Takes Back Canada, a nation-wide endeavour to draw attention to the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)About 30 people gathered at Five Corners in Chilliwack on Saturday, March 13, 2021 for MMIW Takes Back Canada, a nation-wide endeavour to draw attention to the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Dee Dee Peters, cousin of missing Hope woman April Parisian, was one of about 30 people who gathered at Five Corners in Chilliwack on Saturday, March 13, 2021 for MMIW Takes Back Canada, a nation-wide endeavour to draw attention to the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)Dee Dee Peters, cousin of missing Hope woman April Parisian, was one of about 30 people who gathered at Five Corners in Chilliwack on Saturday, March 13, 2021 for MMIW Takes Back Canada, a nation-wide endeavour to draw attention to the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Across the Fraser Valley and Canada, voices rose for murdered and missing Indigenous women on Saturday afternoon.

Dozens of rally attendees joined MMIW Takes Back Canada rallies across the country in raising red-painted signs, voices and drums, calling for no more stolen sisters and spreading awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

A number of people in Chilliwack and Hope walked for April Parisian, a woman who went missing from her community of Spuzzum almost a year ago.

April Lee-Ann Parisian is described by police as an Indigenous female in her mid-40s with blonde hair and blue eyes, 170 centimetres (5 feet 7 inches) tall, weighing 127 kilograms (280 pounds.). Her family last heard from her on April 5, 2020.

Anyone with information on Parisian or her whereabouts should call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-4448, or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca. Should you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

There is a Facebook group at Facebook.com/groups/searchforapril with consistent updates and information on ways to help bringing April home, including saying prayers, participating in active searches, posting flyers to keep April’s search in the public eye and donating to fundraising efforts.


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