30th Anniversary of February 14 Women’s Memorial March

Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls! End the Violence!

Women’s memorial events are being held on Valentine’s Day in cities across the country to demand justice for Indigenous women and girls who have been murdered or have gone missing, and to get the government to take measures to end the violence. The marches began in 1992 in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to demand that action be taken following the murder of a Coast Salish woman whose death was met with indifference from the authorities and the media.

Today, people from all walks of life are demanding justice for murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls and opposing all forms of violence against women. Violence against women has been on the rise since the beginning of the pandemic, as the isolation imposed on everyone renders them all the more vulnerable.

The persistence of Indigenous women and peoples in asserting their right to be is an inspiration to all, especially their insistence on defining what it is they need and not permitting others to define what is acceptable.

Calendar of Events

All activities Sunday, February 14; physical distancing and masks required for all in-person events.

Vancouver
Rally
11:00 am-12:00 pm

Carnegie Community Centre Theatre, 401 Main Street (corner of Hastings)
For details, click here.
Organized by: Simon Fraser Student Association

30th Annual Memorial March
12:00-7:00 pm

Carnegie Community Centre Theatre, 401 Main Street (corner of Hastings)
Facebook
March will proceed through the Downtown Eastside, with a healing circle at Oppenheimer Park around 2:30 pm, concluding with community feast at the
Japanese Language Hall, 487 Alexander St.
Will be streamed via Facebook and YouTube — details to come.
Organized and led by women of the Downtown Eastside.

Calgary
13th Annual Valentine’s Day Women’s Memorial March
12:00 pm

Gather along Stephen (8th) Avenue in front of Bankers Hall (3rd Street SW)
12:30 pm — Opening prayer, smudge and march march to
City Hall Municipal Plaza, 800 Macleod Tail SE
1:00 pm — Presentations and performances at City Hall
Red Frames and Red Silhouettes will be provided for people to carry along our journey to honour those we have lost. This year we will aim to have an online presence as well as a live march and event.
Facebook

Thunder Bay
14th Annual Memorial Walk (Virtual)
12:00 pm

Online via Facebook Live.
You are invited to take a picture of yourself walking in the community and post it to the Facebook event page with the hashtag #WEWALKFORMMIWGMB.

Toronto
16th Annual Strawberry Ceremony (Virtual)
12:30-1:30 pm

Online via Facebook Live.
Hosted by: No More Silence

Montreal
11th Annual Vigil (Virtual)
6:00-8:00 pm

Online via Facebook Live.
Organized by: Iskweu Project, with the support of Missing Justice, Quebec Native Women and the First Peoples Justice Centre of Montreal

Ottawa
Online Broadcast Performance of the Play “Deer Woman”
Runs from Sunday, February 14, 10:00 am EST to
Sunday, February 21, 11:50 pm EST

Duration: 90 min.
Restricted to ages 16+: contains extreme, graphic, historical and contemporary violence, disturbing content and descriptions of sexual violence.
Available on demand from the National Arts Centre website: nac-cna.ca.

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