On Sunday, February 14, thousands of Vancouverites honoured murdered and missing indigenous women in the 26th annual Downtown Eastside Women’s Memorial March.
The march is intended to bring attention to vulnerable women who died “due to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual violence,” reads a press release by the event organizers.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, and the group has recommendations for how the government should approach it.
“The government’s current plan for the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women should focus on three key issues: the overall status of Indigenous women in Canada, addressing systemic and male violence against Indigenous women, and safe and respectful participation of families and loved ones including families of the heart, frontline workers and Indigenous feminist organizations,” said co-founder of the Women’s Memorial March Committee Fay Blaney.
— Indigenous Voter (@IndigenousVoter) February 14, 2016
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould joined in the march on Valentine’s Day, along with Mayor Gregor Robertson.
— elaineperry (@elainevancouver) February 14, 2016
Participants took to social media with pictures and videos of the march.
March for #mmiw in Vancouver (murdered and missing indigenous women) Feb 14th 2016. #vancouver #canada #calgary #winnipeg #toroto #nyc #chicago #losangeles #lasvegas #hamilton #sixnations #entertribal #sisterz A video posted by Chief Rock Enter-Tribal (@chiefrockmusic) on
— BWSS (@EndingViolence) February 15, 2016
— FireThisTime (@FTT_np) February 15, 2016
#MMIW A photo posted by shiana (@8eom8eom) on