In January 1991 a woman was murdered on Powell Street in Vancouver. Her
name is not spoken today out of respect for the wishes of her family.
This woman’s murder in particular was the catalyst that moved women into
action. Out of this sense of hopelessness came an annual march on
Valentine's Day to express compassion, community, and caring for all women
in the DTES. Eighteen years later, the march continues with an increasing
list of names of murdered and missing women in the DTES. Let their lives,
struggles, and stories not be forgotten as we work towards justice.
“THEIR SPIRITS LIVE WITHIN US”
18th ANNUAL WOMEN’S MEMORIAL MARCH
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2009
@ NOON GATHER AT CARNEGIE COMMUNITY CENTRE THEATRE
(401 MAIN STREET, CORNER HASTINGS, VANCOUVER)
@ 1 PM MARCH BEGINS FROM MAIN AND HASTINGS
@ 3 PM HEALING CIRCLE AT OPPENHEIMER PARK
@ 3:30 FEAST AT JAPANESE LANGUAGE HALL (475 Alexander)
The deaths of many vulnerable women from the Downtown Eastside continues
to leave family, friends, loved ones, and community members with an
overwhelming sense of grief and loss. The February 14th Women’s Memorial
March is an opportunity for the community and those that support us to
come together to grieve the loss of our beloved sisters and remember the
women who are still missing. We gather each year to mourn and remember our
sisters by listening to their family members, by taking over the streets,
and through spiritual ceremonies.
Please join us this February 14th to honour the lives of missing and
murdered women from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. This event is organized
and led by women because women, especially Indigenous women, face
physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual violence on a daily basis. This
year, Feb 14th Women's Memorial Marches are being organized in Victoria,
Winnipeg, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver.