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Women's Memorial March draws thousands to Downtown Eastside (PHOTOS)

DH Vancouver Staff Feb 15, 2018 2:48 pm 377

Thousands gathered on the streets of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside on Wednesday to honour the lives of missing and murdered indigenous women for the 28th annual Women’s Memorial March.

The march originally started in 1992 in response to the murder of a Coast Salish woman on Vancouver’s Powell Street.

Since then, the march has grown into an annual event taking place every Valentine’s Day.

The 2018 event began at the intersection of Main Street and Hastings Street and proceeded throughout the city, stopping where women were last seen or found.

Those who attended this year’s march shared their shots on social media.

Women’s Memorial March 14/02/2018

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Some selects from the Wommen’s March in DTES today.

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27th Annual Womens Memorial March ❤

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Feb 14th Women’s Memorial March for the #mmiwg in the #dtes #yvr

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A great day for the Women’s Memorial March!

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#mmiw #womensmemorialmarch2018 #idlenomore #indigenouslivesmatter 💓

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Women’s memorial march 2018. #mmiw

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“The February 14th Women’s Memorial March is an opportunity to come together to grieve the loss of our beloved sisters, remember the women who are still missing, and to dedicate ourselves to justice. Please join us.” . . . . Out of this sense of hopelessness and anger came an annual march on Valentine’s Day to express compassion, community, and caring for all women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Coast Salish Territories. . . . . The March honours the lives of missing and murdered women. This event is organized and led by women in the DTES because women, especially Indigenous women, face physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual violence on a daily basis. #valentinesday #DTES #vancouver #womensmarch #theirspiritslivewithinus #nomorestolensisters #honouringoursisters #2018

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