- This event has passed.
On February 14th in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver community gathers to remember and honour the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Started 30 years ago as a mother mourned her daughter who was murdered on Powell Street, the annual event winds through the neighbourhood stopping at places where women were last seen or found. The march is an opportunity to be a witness to ceremony and in remembrance alongside family members of those missing or murdered women.
More than 6 in 10 Indigenous women report having been physically or sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime, as do 4 in 10 non-Indigenous women. This number increases greatly for Indigenous women who are gay, lesbian or bisexual to 8 in 10.
About every six days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner; this number is increasing under the pandemic. Indigenous women in Canada today are 12 times more likely to be missing or murdered than non-Indigenous women; 16 times more likely than white women.
Four thousand Indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirit people are missing or have been murdered in Canada in the last thirty years.
they invite you to :
1. DONATE: They hope to raise $1,000 to pay for the blankets given to grieving families at the opening ceremony of remembrance at the march. Donate at https://pushpay.com/g/standrewswesley
2. LEARN: Read the 2021 Missing and Murdered Indigenous, Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People National Action Plan: Ending Violence. https://mmiwg2splus-nationalactionplan.ca/
3. ATTEND: Online and in-person with us on Tuesday, February 14th from noon to 2pm.