Below is a photo essay of the event, but first a beaded four directions piece that I did that can be in honour of our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
|Beaded Four Directions By: Christine Smith (McFarlane)|
(All photos were taken by Christine Smith (McFarlane)
The first women's memorial march was held in 1991 in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside in response to the murder of a Coast Salish woman on Powell Street. Her name is not spoken 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 expression compassion, community, and caring for all women in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Unceded Coast Salish Territories. Twenty three years later, the women's memorial march continues to honour the lives of missing and murdered women.