03/23/2016 07:13 EDT | Updated 03/24/2016 01:59 EDT

Saskatoon Students Hold Silent Protest For Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women

“It’s important to give them a voice back."


Saskatoon students marked the International Day to Eliminate Racial Discrimination on Monday with a silent protest to remember Canada's missing and murdered indigenous women.

“There is a lot of racism and a lot of missing and murdered aboriginal women," student Jessica Mcnab told The Saskatoon StarPhoenix. "We just wanted to try and stop it.”

Grade seven and eight students from St. Mary's School held posters with messages against violence, and photos of missing and murdered women.

Students researched the stories of missing women and girls

Twelve-year-old Keenan Kakakaway, one of the school's students, researched the story of Susan Duff, who went missing at age 12 over 30 years ago in Penticton, B.C.

"It's really sad that this happens to girls," Kakakaway said, in an interview with CBC News. "That's why we're all here. To make a change."

Other schools took to social media to express support for the protest.

“It’s important to give them a voice back, so their families will be happy,” student Khyle Refuerzo told Global News.

The event was hosted at the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre on the University of Saskatchewan campus. The centre was built to reflect First Nations traditions and serve as a meeting place for aboriginal and non-aboriginal students in the community, according to The Globe and Mail.

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