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Downtown Eastside Women’s Group Responds to National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
What: Press Conference with February 14th Women’s Memorial March Committee
When: Tuesday January 12 at 10 am
Where: Aboriginal Front Door, 384 Main Street, corner East Hastings, Vancouver.
The February 14th Women’s Memorial March Committee is hosting a press conference on Tuesday January 12 at 10 am at the Aboriginal Front Door with key issues and recommendations for a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
The following day, on January 13, members of the Committee and other family members, survivors and frontline organizations will be attending the pre-inquiry design process meeting in Vancouver convened by three federal Ministers.
The February 14th Women’s Memorial March Committee was founded in 1991 when a woman was found murdered on Powell Street. For 26 years, the Committee has been a leading voice on the issue and has raised local, national, and international attention on violence against Indigenous women. The February 14th Women’s Memorial March Committee includes family members, frontline workers, close friends and loved ones with decades of in-depth knowledge and intimate experience.
Women in the Downtown Eastside lead an annual march on February 14th because women, especially Indigenous women, face physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual violence on a daily basis. Increasing deaths of many vulnerable women from the Downtown Eastside still leaves family, friends, loved ones, and community members with an overwhelming sense of grief and loss.
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