March 31, 2014
FRANK FLEGEL
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

REGINA – April Sparvier's name was sounded by one of her children and by her mother but she was not there to hear it.

Sparvier had left a bar in North Central Regina Aug. 27, 2006 and was walking with a group when one of the group grabbed her purse.

In the course of the struggle she was stabbed three times, one ripping through her aorta, according to a Regina Leader-Post story of the trial, and she bled to death. She left three children, her youngest about to begin kindergarten.

Sparvier's mother and children were part of a recent memorial for missing and murdered indigenous women.

Men, women and children gathered in the park behind the original North West Territories Administration Building in Regina's North Central district, stood in a circle and each in turn read aloud the name of their missing or murdered mother, sister, friend.

Many held posters and placards with photos and names of the women whose disappearance remains a mystery or who were murdered. One carried a large poster with a photo and the question, "Where is my Daughter?"

FATE IS KNOWN

At least in Sparvier's case, her three children and her mother know her fate and had the satisfaction of seeing those responsible for her death face the courts. Her killer received 12 years in jail.

The Regina memorial was one of about 20 across Canada for the estimated 820 missing or murdered aboriginal women.

This year's federal budget renewed a $25-million fund, to begin in 2015, to reduce violence against aboriginal women. Some aboriginal women's' groups criticized the amount as nowhere near enough to resolve or reduce the violence.