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Monument at The Forks honours missing and murdered aboriginal women

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The province unveiled a monument recognizing the number of missing or murdered aboriginal women in Manitoba this morning.

The monument, the first of its kind in Canada, stands at The Forks and is designed to honour the aboriginal women and girls who have been murdered or have gone missing. Organizers hope the statue will also raise public awareness about the issue of missing women in this province.

"This is a very important day for families of Manitoba's missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls as we unveil a monument in their honour and recognition," Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson said in a statement.

"Many families have no place to honour, grieve or celebrate their loved one. This monument offers such a space to families and community seeking to honour Aboriginal women and girls who were sadly taken from their families," he added.

The monument is a joint project between the province and the Ka Ni Kanichihk aboriginal cultural centre. Leslie Spillett, executive director at Ka Ni Kanichihk, called the monument a "testament to the need and benefit of community engagement and government partnership."

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