The streets of the Downtown Eastside were packed today, for the 26th annual march to remember missing and murdered indigenous women.
Many expressed hope for change in light of the Liberal government’s promise for an inquiry, and the appointment of Canada’s first indigenous woman Minister of Justice.
Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould attended the March, her first since becoming Canada’s Justice Minister.
“Today is about recognizing and remembering their lives the missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, and honouring their lives and working the families and all of the advocates.”
— Roshini Nair (@roshini980) February 14, 2016
Wilson-Raybould also addressed criticism that the inquiry process was not inclusive enough.
“We’re going to continue with our meetings across the country, and I hope that perception of not being inclusive is overcome.”
March organizer Fay Blaney said yesterday that she was hoping feminist groups and advocates would be involved in the inquiry process, not just families.
“Issues relating to the family are historic, and our concern is what’s happening to the survivors going forward.”
According to a November report by Statistics Canada, indigeneous women were six times more likely to be murdered in Canada than other women.
The Liberal government is currently doing preliminary meetings with families before setting up a formal inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women.