Every year on February 14, family and community members in Vancouver mark the life and death of a Coast Salish woman who was murdered on Powell Street more than two decades ago. The annual march began in 1991 and continues to this day, in remembrance of all the Aboriginal women who have gone missing or who have been murdered in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Marches on February 14 have taken place in many other cities as well, including Edmonton and Calgary.
The Vancouver event is organized and led by women in the Downtown Eastside because women, especially Indigenous women, face all kinds of violence daily. The event is an opportunity to grieve those lost and to make a commitment to justice.
Ways to support the Women’s Memorial March:
For more details about the march, visit womensmemorialmarch.wordpress.com.