This past Sunday was the 10th Annual Memorial March and Vigil for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Each year the event honours the missing and murdered women and girls, while drawing attention to systemic violence perpetuated by the state, police forces, and education systems against indigenous women and their communities. A demand has been made, but not met, for a public inquiry into the disappearances of these women, and last year the RCMP reported more than 1,000 indigenous women were homicide victims, while indigenous activists estimate this number is closer to 3000.
The event was organized by Missing Justice, Quebec Native Women, and the Centre for Gender Advocacy. Invited guests included: Buffalo Hat Singers, Norman Achneepineskum, Ellen Gabriel, Melissa Mollen Dupuis (Idle No More), Nakuset (Native Women’s Shelter & Urban Aboriginal Strategy Network), Rachel Deutsch (Urban Aboriginal Strategy Network), Laureanne Fontaine (Quebec Native Women), and more!
This segment was produced by Claudia Edwards.