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.

Front banner of the march.
Front banner of the march. “Justice for Missing and Murdered Native Women” / “Justice pour les Femmes Autochtones Disparues et Assassinées”

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.”

“#NotOneMore”/”#PasUneDePlus”, “#ItEndsHere”/”#CelaSeTermineIci”, “#MMIW”, “Stop the Silence End the Violence”/”Arrêter le Silence Fin à la Violence”, “Sisters in Spirit”/”Soeurs en Esprit”

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The walk made for the perfect Valentines date for any activist couple.
The walk made for the perfect Valentines date for any activist couple.
“Am I Next?”/”Suis-je la prochaine?”
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The crowd stops to listen to the Native drummers song.
“Freres, soeurs, autochtones merci de vous lever pour la justice”/”Aboriginal brothers, sisters, thank you for standing up for justice”
“Sainte Kateri Tekakwitha”, “Their Spirits Live”/”Leurs Esprits Vivent”, “Bring our Sisters Home”/”Retournez nos Soeurs”
“Centre Communautaire des Femmes Sud-Asiatique”/”South Asian Women’s Community Center”
“Un peuple qui en opprime un autre, ne saurait etre libre”/”A people that oppresses another can not be free”
A man leans out of his window to clap in time with the marchers chants.
A man leans out of his window to clap in time with the marchers chants.

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“We Demand a Federal Inquiry”/”Nous exigeons une enquête fédérale”, “Commit Sociology”/Commet de la sociology”, “Missing but Never Forgotten”/”Manquante, mais jamais oublié”

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Musicians perform a healing song.
Musicians perform a healing song.
“No More Stolen Sisters”/”Aucun autre soeurs volee”

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“Jane Doe, Age : ?, SK”
“Aielah Saric-Auger, Age : 14”
“Mertyl Roy, Age : ?”
“Lisa Gavin, Age : 21, BC”
Stars with the names, ages, and Provinces or Territories of several, but not nearly all,  of the missing and murdered indigenous women set in the snow around Phillips Square.
Stars with the names, ages, and Provinces or Territories of several, but not nearly all, of the missing and murdered indigenous women set in the snow around Phillips Square.
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