Vancouver Women’s Memorial March Attracts Hundreds To DTES

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Womens Memorial March Vancouver

Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside hosted its annual Memorial March today that saw thousands attend and showcase their support.

The Women’s Memorial March has been an annual tradition since 1991, after the murder of a Coast Salish woman on Powell Street. Since then, the march takes place every Valentine’s Day in honour of her and the lives of many other missing and murdered women from Vancouver’s DTES.

Below are your photos and videos from the 2017 Vancouver DTES Memorial March.

We march. And we will keep marching until Love conquers all. #weareone #dteswomensmemorial @oneyogalions

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DTES annual women's memorial march #women #missingandmurderedwomen #memorialmarch #dtes #vancouver

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27th annual march for MMIW (2017)

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#MMIW #nativewomenmatter

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You are not forgotten. #dteswomensmarch #insolidarity #allmyrelations #hariom ?

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Memorial to the missing and murdered #dtes #womensmarch

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The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women's Memorial March 2.14.2017 ?

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The first women’s memorial march was held in 1992 in response to the murder of a Coast Salish woman on Powell Street in Vancouver. Her name is not spoken today out of respect for the wishes of her family. Out of this sense of hopelessness and anger came an annual march on Valentine’s Day to express compassion, community, and caring for all women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Unceded Coast Salish Territories. Twenty seven years later, the women’s memorial march continues to honour the lives of missing and murdered women and all women’s lives lost in the Downtown Eastside. Increasing deaths of many vulnerable women from the DTES still leaves family, friends, loved ones, and community members with an overwhelming sense of grief and loss. 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. We continue to call for a national inquiry that is led by family and community members and that centers our experiences, need for healing, and quest for answers, concrete action, and meaningful justice. #womensmemorialmarch #mmiw #dtes

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