Songs In Honour of
the Missing and
Women In The Round
Dalannah Gail Bowen, Sarah Calder,
Andrea Menard, Renae Morriseau
Wed. Feb 14, 2018
401 Main Street & Hastings
Streaming Start: 7:15
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The Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts will be presenting various events throughout the year of our children, seniors and the community at large. The DECA events will include exhibits, concerts and fairs.
Tom Quirk, photos
Annual Feb 14th Women’s Memorial March – DTES
Wednesday Feb 14th, 2018
Family and community members gather in remembrance at 10:30 am
March starts at noon from Carnegie (Main and Hastings)
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The first women’s memorial march was held in 1992 in response to the murder of a woman on Powell Street in Vancouver. 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.
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.
On Wednesday Feb 14th 2018, we will gather at 10:30 am at the Carnegie Community Centre Theatre, 401 Main Street (corner Hastings, Vancouver) where family members speak in remembrance. Given space constraints, we ask the broader public to join us at noon, when the march takes to the streets and proceeds through the Downtown Eastside, with stops to commemorate where women were last seen or found; speeches by community activists at Main and Hastings; a healing circle at Oppenheimer Park around 2:30 pm; and finally a community feast at the Japanese Language Hall.
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. The February 14th Women’s Memorial March is an opportunity to come together to grieve the loss of our beloved sisters, remember the women who are still missing, and to dedicate ourselves to justice.