Sunday, Oct. 2, 6:30pm at the K’omoks Band Hall, Courtenay
A FREE event – “Just Desserts” is an annual film screening, discussion and sharing of homemade sweet treats offered by the local Amnesty Int’l Action Circle. World Community and the Comox Valley Transition Society are partnering with Amnesty this year to present the film Highway of Tears (76 min.) preceded by the short film 7 Minutes as part of the Red Dress Awareness campaign (Oct. 2 – 8) commemorating missing and murdered Indigenous women. (For information about related events, see Facebook: Honouring Our Sisters – Comox Valley.)
The Highway of Tears documentary movingly relates the personal stories of the victims of the decades-long string of murders and disappearances of young Indigenous women along BC’s Highway 16. The film explores how this systemic violence is linked to the effects of generational poverty, residential schools, and high unemployment rates on First Nations reserves – and how contemporary First Nations leaders are striving to cure those ills.
The recent short film 7 Minutes is a re-enactment of what happened to Marie, a young Cree woman whose quick thinking helped her to escape a stalker. It is narrated by the real Marie and won the Best Short Doc Award at the Yorkton Film Festival.
A facilitated discussion about the film and the No More Stolen Sisters Campaign will be led by guest panelists from Amnesty International Canada; Tara Scurr, International Business and Human rights Coordinator and Don Wright, Activism Coordinator.
Please join us for dessert and coffee or tea, to view the films and to learn more about the many ways you can take action.
Everyone is welcome to attend this FREE event.
Sunday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 pm at the K’omoks Band Hall
Location: K’omoks Band Hall – 3330 Comox Road, Courtenay