Over the past few weeks, we have seen a rise in media coverage of violence against Indigenous girls and women following the murder of 15 year old Tina Fontaine. Discussion reached its peak last week during the annual meeting of premiers, which was seen as a venue to push for action to address the root causes of this ongoing atrocity. Yet as the meeting fades out of memory and Tina becomes the latest in the seemingly endless string of murdered young women, I fear that this flurry of dialogue and public outrage has yet again failed to bring about real change.
This coming Friday, a coalition of women from the Downtown East of Toronto are gathering for the sixth year in a row to 'Reclaim the Streets' of their neighbourhood. Reclaim the Streets march is about violence against women and specifically homeless and low-income women. It began in 2009 in response to the murder of Carolyn Connolly, an Indigenous woman who was found dead in an alleyway at Sherbourne and Shuter Streets.