The family of missing North Battleford woman Ashley Morin made an appeal to the public for help to find Ashley at the start of the 2018 Sisters in Spirit walk in North Battleford Thursday.
On behalf of the family, friend Krista Fox spoke to everyone gathered outside the Battlefords & Area Sexual Assault Centre, from where the walk commenced.
"We come forward today to bring awareness because our Ash is still missing," she said. "Those of you that are out and about, if you live in rural communities especially, please just start looking around. Anything that doesn't look familiar, please, please get in touch with the RCMP."
Fox asked people who live in North Battleford to also check their backyards for anything suspicious.
She said many of Ashley's family members were present for the vigil and walk.
"We all miss her very, very much," Fox said. "Please if you can help in any way, just reach out."
Mike Bird, Ashley's cousin, said he and family and friends would be travelling to Saskatoon to participate in another Sisters in Spirit walk later that day.
Vigils were being held in First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities as well as in towns and cities across Canada Thursday.
Battlefords & Area Sexual Assault Centre (BASAC) counsellor Robin Belanger, one of the organizers of the event, said the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women is a "Canadian human rights emergency."
She said the Sisters in Spirit Vigil is a movement for social change that centres around families of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two spirited people.
"We may have families here today who need our support. This issue does not end for them on October 4," she said. "Please listen to their calls for support."
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