On Valentine’s Day 2017, Montrealers gathered to honour the lives and memories of women who have been lost to gendered and racialized violence through a flashmob and community dinner.
Since 2008, Missing Justice has organized a memorial march to honour missing and murdered women. The march was founded in Vancouver in 1991, and first came about in response to the murder of a Coast Salish woman that received little attention by police and media. Through this action, we commemorate women of all backgrounds, giving emphasis to Indigenous women who are the disproportionate targets of this systemic violence.
Due to the dangers that the cold weather presented at last year’s march, this year’s action was held indoors at a public downtown location in order to promote safety and accessibility.
While the inquiry launched last fall came as welcome news, there are still improvements to be made. A recent report card by the Native Women’s Association of Canada emphasizes that the standards and methods by which the inquiry is being conducted need to be improved in order to ensure that it is as effective as possible and that it provides adequate support to those who are participating in the process.