25th Annual Women’s Memorial March to take place February 14th in communities throughout Canada and beyond

The 2015 women's memorial march will take place in many communities across Canada and in the United States on February 14.

The first women’s memorial march was held in 1991 in response to the murder of a Coast Salish woman on Powell Street in Vancouver. Out of the sense of hopelessness and anger generated from this tragic murder came an annual march on Valentine’s Day to express compassion, community, and caring for all women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES), Unceded Coast Salish Territories.

Twenty-five years later, the women’s memorial march continues to honour the lives of missing and murdered women. 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.

In Vancouver, members of the public are invited to join the women's memorial march starting at noon on February 14 at the Carnegie Community Centre Theatre (401 Main Street). This event is organized and led by women in the DTES because women – especially Indigenous women – face physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual violence on a daily basis.

Many other communities will also hold a women’s memorial march including Toronto, Victoria, Prince George, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, and more. Several American cities including Denver, Colorado, and Fargo, North Dakota will also hold events in solidarity this year.