By Gabrielle Provencher, Social Media Volunteer at WomanACT
On June 17th 2015, 22 year old Larissa Charlie-Stillaway died of her injuries following a violent assault in her home in Thunder Bay. Police later arrested and charged her 18-year-old boyfriend with second-degree murder. Larissa and Pelletier were in a relationship that was described by family as “rocky” and “troubled”. Family and friends describe Larissa as a nice person and a wonderful mother. She leaves behind a two-year-old daughter.
Following the tragic event, a vigil was held by the The Ontario Native Women's Association. Their spokesperson, Maryanne Matthews reminded people about the violence against aboriginal women in Canada: "We know that eight out of 10 aboriginal women have experienced some form of violence in their lifetimes and that they are three times more likely to suffer from domestic abuse than non-aboriginal women".
On this day, we want to remember Larissa Charlie-Stillaway but also all of our sisters who lost their lives in the hands of violence.
Special thanks to OAITH for putting together the Annual Femicide List. Since 1995 The Ontario Association of Interval and Transitional Housing began collecting the names of women, and their children, murdered by their intimate partners, as a way to remember victims, honour their lives and advocate for meaningful change.