The 26th annual women’s memorial march takes place tomorrow and organizers say nothing has changed to any significant degree.
Organizer Fay Blaney says while the promised inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women will help us understand why past occurrences of violence happened, she says it’s important to also acknowledge the continued threat of violence in many indigenous women’s lives.
“So the level of violence against indigenous women is staying relatively the same, and so that’s our concern.”
Blaney says this year is important.
“Women have been marching for all these years and very little attention was paid. And now, there’s a great deal of attention being paid, and we really want to keep the focus on women in the Downtown Eastside.”
Blaney met with Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs today and emphasized the importance of women’s perspectives.
“We’d like feminist groups, safe houses, transition house, women centres that they be heard in the pre-inquiry consultation process as well as during the inquiry.”
The march starts at noon tomorrow at Main and Hastings.