Media Release: On February 14, We Are Idle No More!
Idle No More is organizing events in solidarity with two important initiatives on February 14:
Idle No More is inviting people to join in creating an inclusive Valentine's and organize community events to coincide with The Women’s Memorial March (A national campaign for missing and murdered Indigenous women) One Billion Rising (an international campaign to stop violence against women and girls) and Have a Heart Day (an initiative to support Indigenous children).
Candle light vigils, teach-ins, rallies, round dances, marches and other creative acts of awareness, resistance and solidarity are being encouraged.
Women’s Memorial March:
The Women’s Memorial March is an opportunity to come together to grieve the loss of our beloved sisters, remember the women who are still missing, and to dedicate ourselves to justice. Twenty-two years ago, in response to a Coast Salish woman's murder in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, an annual march began on Valentine’s Day to express compassion, community, and caring. Decades later, the march continues to honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women. To find a march near you, please visit: http://womensmemorialmarch.wordpress.com/national/
V-DAY and One Billion Rising:
Idle No More is organizing in solidarity with V-Day, which is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. This Valentine's Day, an international event is taking place known as One Billion Rising. It is an attempt to get One Billion Men and Women to rise against violence towards women and girls. More information can be found here: tp://www.onebillionrising.org/pages/about-one-billion-rising
HAVE A HEART DAY:
On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2013, celebrate Have a Heart Day by supporting Indigenous children to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and proud of their cultures. Have a Heart Day is about caring Canadians working together to ensure Indigenous children have proper services that make them feel proud of who they are. Explore the Have a Heart Day website for more information, to send an e-Valentine, or to order Have a Heart Valentine’s cards, posters, bookmarks, and buttons, here: www.fncaringsociety.com/have-a-heart