Women’s Memorial March for Murdered and Missing Women takes place February 14 2012.
At noon, we meet at the Carnegie Community Centre Theatre, 401 Main Street where family members share personal stories. At 1 pm, the march begins. Stops will be made throughout the DTES where women were last seen or found and a smudge and cedar ceremony will commence. Speeches by community activists takes place at the police station. At 3:00 pm, a healing circle & candlelight vigil will be held at Oppenheimer Park. The day will end with a community feast at the Japanese Language Hall.
This March gives families, friends, community members an opportunity to come together to grieve and remember these beloved sisters, and to remind the powers that be that we have not forgotten those who are still missing. We dedicate our energies to justice. This event is organized and led by women in the DTES because women, especially Indigenous women continue to face physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual violence.
This is not a day of protest but an opportunity to show we care and to let the families know we have not forgotten. We ask groups and organizations not bring banners, flags, or leaflets. The Women’s Memorial March carries five banners in honor of the women. All genders & nations welcome. We thank you for your support of the Women’s Memorial March.
** In January 1991 a woman was murdered on Powell Street. Her name is not spoken today, respecting the wishes of family. Her death was the catalyst to move women to take action leading to this special Valentine’s Day march.**
For information or to help out, please contact Marlene George at the Carnegie Center: (604) 665-3005.