FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Annual Downtown Eastside Women’s Memorial March
WHAT: Press Conference for 25th Annual Women’s Memorial March
WHEN: Saturday February 14 at 9:00 am
WHERE: Carnegie classroom, 3rd floor, Main and Hastings
MEDIA PROTOCOL: Please note there will be NO MEDIA PERMITTED in Carnegie Theatre during the family remembrance between 11am to noon. Media may record the march that begins at noon at Main and Hastings, except NO recording of the ceremonies that take place during the march.
February 10, 2015 VANCOUVER, Coast Salish Territories- The February 14th Annual Women’s Memorial March is held on Valentine’s Day each year to honour the memory of all women from the Downtown Eastside who have died due to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual violence. Now in its 25th year, the march brings courage and commitment to end the violence that vulnerable women in the DTES face on a daily basis.
The Women’s Memorial March Committee is hosting a press conference at 9 am in the Carnegie Center’s 3rd floor classroom. The march begins at noon on Main and Hastings.
According to the Women’s Memorial March Committee “Increasing deaths of many vulnerable women from the DTES still leaves family, friends, loved ones, and community members with an overwhelming sense of grief and loss. Indigenous women disproportionately continue to go missing or be murdered with minimal to no action to address these tragedies or the systemic nature of gendered violence, poverty, racism, or colonialism.” [Read in full: http://is.gd/zvsBnf ]
The Women’s Memorial March Committee continues to reiterate the call for a national and international public inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls that is led by Indigenous women, family and community members. We are also raising strong concerns about the treatment by RCMP, Coroner’s office, and provincial government in the gross mishandling of critical evidence in the murder of Stephanie Lane. We support the family of Stephanie Lane, whose mother Michele Pineault will be speaking at the press conference.
For more information on seeking justice for the murder of Stephanie Lane by Robert Pickton: http://ubcic.bc.ca/News_Releases/UBCICNews01301501.html#axzz3QzxFz0OZ
Marches will also be held in at least 15 other cities including Montreal, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa. Full list here: https://womensmemorialmarch.wordpress.com/national/
In Vancouver, friends and family members led by Indigenous women move through the DTES and stop at sites where women died or were last seen to offer prayers, medicines, and roses in remembrance.
– For interviews: Lisa Yellowquill: 604-618-1061; Michele Pineault: 604-876-7096; Gertrude Pierre: 1-604-993-0156; Fay Blaney: 778-714-0161; Mona Woodward: 778-714-6448
– For French media interviews, contact Cori Kelly: 778-709-6494
– For general media inquiries or to set up further interviews, contact Harsha Walia: 778 885 0040.