It was a tear-filled Valentine’s Day for people who gathered in downtown Saskatoon to honour missing and murdered indigenous women.
The event opened with a smudging ceremony and prayer, but emotions were at their highest when family members began to share the stories of the women they lost.
Carol Wolfe, whose daughter Karina Wolfe was listed as missing for five years before her body was recovered on the outskirts of Saskatoon, shared her story through city police Insp. Randy Huisman, one of the original officers assigned to the case. As he spoke, she stood gently wiping tears from her eyes.
Darlene Okemaysim-Sicotte said she began organizing the event on Tuesday morning after receiving calls from people across the city who wanted to participate in a memorial.