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Activist Communique: Feb. 14 annual Women's Memorial March Canadian directory

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Feb. 14 annual Women's Memorial March Canadian directory

Below is a list of national events occurring on February 14, courtesy of Their Spirits Live Among Us.

Fwd: Over the years, the February 14th Women's Memorial March has expanded to cities across these lands, as well as internationally.

The march is an opportunity for all cities and communities to come together to grieve the loss of our beloved sisters and remember the women who are still missing. We encourage all women to journey and heal together by organizing memorials on this day because women face physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual violence on a daily basis.

Violence against women is always unacceptable; every life is precious and we must continue to honour and work for justice for murdered and missing women.

If you are organizing a memorial please email us the details at marlene.george@vancouver.ca so we can maintain communication, compile the information here on our website, and build strength in our co-ordinated efforts. Thank you all for your support and commitment.

National Coordination 2012:

Calgary: Tuesday February 14 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm at United Scarboro Church (134 Scarboro Avenue SW). Speakers @ 6:30 p.m. March to begin @ 7:00 p.m. Light meal to follow. Open mike for families of Missing Loved ones.

Edmonton: Tuesday February 14 from 7 pm - 9:30pm. Memorial March for all the Missing and Murdered Women of Edmonton outside Sacred Heart Church (10821 - 96 Street).

Kelowna: February 14, 2012 at 10:00 a.m at The Sails Downtown Kelowna. March to: Office of Steve Thomson MLA Kelowna Mission1st Annual Women's Memorial March To Honour And Create Awareness For All The Missing Indigenous Women In Canada.Contact: Alex Augier 250-681-2058 or Kelly Mitton 250-801-1339

London: Tuesday, February 14, 2012. 12:30pm until 2:30pm. The University Council Chambers, UCC 315. Join VDay Western in honouring our missing and murdered Indigenous sisters. We will be in the atrium of the UCC all morning writing letters that demand justice, disseminating information, and commemorating our sisters. This will be followed by a screening of the film ‘Finding Dawn' at 12:30pm in the University Council Chambers (UCC 315).

Merritt: February 14, 2010 from 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM. Meet at Quilchena Square from a March through town, followed by film screening and candle light vigil at Nvit Lecture Hall. We want to raise public awareness and provide greiving families an opportunity to speak out. This is a chance to let the community take a stand with these families and remind them that we have not forgotten who they are. The loss of one is a loss to us all! Contact women are Billie Pierre, Deloris Charters and Gloria McGovern. Call Deloris Charter 250-315-4902 Facebook group page linked here.

Montreal: Tuesday February 14th Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Women on , 5:30pm at Cabot Square (St.Catherine and Atwater). Guests & Speakers will include: Michèle Audette (President of Québec Native Women QNW), Anna-Aude Caouette (STELLA), Karine Myrgianie Jean-François (Girls Action Foundation), South Asian Women's Community Centre, Native Women's Shelter of Montreal, Bridget Tolley (Sisters in Spirit), Tiohtiake Drum, Moe Clark. For more information contact Missing Justice at justiceformissing@gmail.com or 514-937-2110.

Ottawa: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 from 12:00pm until 1:00pm. Rally at Parliament Hill ~ Traditional Territory of the Algonquin Peoples. Show your love for families of missing and murdered Aboriginal women/girls. Bear witness to their stories of struggle and strength. Add your support to families' calls for action, justice, accountability, and an end to violence. Confirmed speakers: Chief Gilbert Whiteduck of Kitigan Zibi, Pam & Fred Fillier parents of Hilary Bonnell, Fred Fillier Jr., younger brother of Hilary Bonnell.

Penticton: Tuesday February 14th 2012. Protest and Rally from 3:30-5 pm. Penticton Courthouse (100 Main Street). This year Penticton has been added to the list of communities. In unity we will demand justice and action with Indigenous peoples across Canada to stop the violence against Aboriginal women. For more information contact Victoria N Baptiste VNBaptiste@pib.ca or 250 462 8674

Thunder Bay: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 2:00pm until 5:30pm. Please come and join us as we walk in memory of our sisters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, granddaughters and friends on Valentines Day. We will meet at the City Hall where we will begin walking at 2 pm. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and a light snack will be available and a few words by family members will be shared there. Contact Biidaajiwun Inc at 474-3542 or fullmoonmemorywalk@live.ca.

Toronto: Tuesday, February 14, 2012. Rally from 12:30pm until 1:30pm, Feast at the 519 Church Street Community Centre following the rally. This year we will be Raising our Voices to Demand the United Nations Investigate Missing & Murdered Indigenous women in Canada. Alongside groups across the country, Toronto's February 14th organizing committee comprised of No More Silence, The Native Youth Sexual Health Network, The Native Women's Resource Centre and other Indigenous and feminist organizations will be mobilizing at Police Headquarters at 12:30 pm to show our support for such an investigation.

On February 14th we come together in solidarity with the women who started this vigil over 20 years ago in Vancouver's DTES, and with the marches and rallies that will be taking place across this land. We stand in defense of our lives and to demonstrate against the complicity of the state in the ongoing genocide of Indigenous women and the impunity of state institutions and actors (police, RCMP, coroners' offices, the courts, and an indifferent federal government) that prevents justice for all Indigenous peoples.

Victoria: Sunday Feb 12. Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Begins in front of OUR PLACE (919 Pandora), marches down Government St and ends at Thunderbird Park. 11am - Gather for tea and coffee in front of Our Place (919 Pandora). 12pm - March to Thunderbird Park. 1pm - Speeches and Refreshments. Email feb.14.memorialmarch@gmail.com for more information.

Winnipeg: Tues Feb 14 from 5:30-7:30. Women's Memorial March. Meet at University of Winnipeg- Bullman Centre (515 Portage). To stand together united as one strong voice, for those who are unable to sound their voice, the women who are missing or have been murdered. We wish to raise awareness and honour the missing or murdered women in support of their families and friends. Hot refreshments will be served. Please wear red or purple if possible.

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