October 4, 2011
National Day of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
March begins at 4 pm at Victory Square (Cambie and Hastings)
If you are joining us around 5-5:30 pm, find us near Main and Hastings.
We will be ending with a ceremony at Oppenheimer Park.
October 4 is a National Day of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. It is a national day of remembrance, respect, and demands for action. In the DTES, increasing deaths of many vulnerable women – overwhelmingly Indigenous women – still leaves family, friends, loved ones, and community members with an overwhelming sense of grief and loss. Every year the list of women going missing or been murdered also increases, most recently with the tragic death of our community member Verna Simard.
We will be marching to demand action on women’s safety. Despite a number of reported sexual assaults and lack of firm commitment to women and youth in one particular church-based DTES shelter, there has been a deafening silence by all levels of government and many organizations. We want safety for women – safety for women from sexual, emotional, mental, and physical violence as well as safety from the daily indignities of poverty.
This is short notice but we hope you will join us
– Women’s Memorial March Committee