Valentine’s Day Walk for Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women
On February 14th the Missing Justice collective held a march in memoriam of the missing and murdered aboriginal women of Canada as well as in protest against the Canadian government’s lack of effort in stopping these crimes. According to a pamphlet produced by the Missing Justice group they are a “grassroots solidarity collective based in Montreal that works to eliminate violence and discrimination against Indigenous women living in Quebec.” You can find their website at missingjustice.ca where you can read the profiles of some of the missing and murdered women like Tiffany Morrison, Maisy Odjick, Shannon Alexander, and Gladys Tolley. The site also contains updates on missing and murdered women, their mandate and their list of demands.
According to Missing Justice’s page about the march, “the march was founded in Vancouver in 1991 by a group of Native women and frontline workers in response to the negligent response by police in the case of the murder of a Coast Salish woman.[…] The purpose of the march is to commemorate the lives of missing and murdered women and girls of all backgrounds, but with a particular emphasis on Native women and girls, as this brutal violence affects their communities disproportionately. The march will also seek to raise awareness among the general population and in the media about the deeply systemic nature of this gendered and racial violence.”