World March of women large demo in Trois-Rivières, actions for Indigenous women

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World March of women large demo in Trois-Rivières, actions for Indigenous women

Alas I've found nothing in English, on CBC News or at the Gazoo (or Ricochet)

The approximately 10,000 people who will take part in the Québec rally of the World March of Women will speak in a single voice about the many demands made by these women for a world guaranteeing their equality with men.

http://www.pressegauche.org/spip.php?article23749 World March of Women  - thousands in Trois-Rivières

http://www.lapresse.ca/le-nouvelliste/actualites/201510/14/01-4909898-marche-mondiale-des-femmes-une-voix-a-faire-entendre.php?utm_categorieinterne=trafficdrivers&utm_contenuinterne=cyberpresse_B9_vie-regionale_30217_section_POS5

From La Nouvelliste (Trois Rivières) I did a very rough unrevised summary translation of some of the main points.

(Trois-Rivières) The approximately 10,000 people who will take part in the Québec rally of the World March of Women will raise their voices about the many demands made by these women for a world guaranteeing their equality with men.

Buses from all regions of Québec will converge towards Trois-Rivières on Saturday around 9 a.m. so women and men can take part in this large peaceful demonstration which will kick off at 11 a.m. With the slogan "Liberate our bodies, our Earth and our territories", the major demonstration will be a mobilizing event and a demonstration of the solidarity which has always united women. It will above all be an opportunity to make their voicies heard about the importance of safeguarding the environment, of speaking out against violence against women and denouncing the various forms of control over women's bodies. 

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There will be a show featuring around 60 performing artists, some from First Nations. The singers Sylvie Tremblay and Fabiola Toupin will take part, along with dance companies. Performers from teenagers to older generations...

No, I didn't go. I'm feeling a bit under the weather (cold, aches) and fear long day walking very s-l-o-w-l-y in the chil air would not be wise.

 

lagatta

More on the World March of Women action in Trois-Rivières: Marche mondiale des femmes: 

«On a voilé les véritables problèmes» (They've veiled the real problems).

http://www.lapresse.ca/le-nouvelliste/actualites/201510/17/01-4911005-ma...

Click on the link for the photos, even if you don't speak French.

I'm providing a VERY ROUGH AND UNEDITED translation of the passage about the many Aboriginal women participating in the march, because I think it is a significant development.

Commission d'enquête nationale

National Commission of Inquiry

Many First Nations women were present on Saturday. Their struggle: demand that the Federal Government establish a National Commission of Inquiry to shed light on missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. Over the last 30 years, there have been more than 1200 cases, a figure considered conservative, and the number never stops growing. Among their spokeswomen, Viviane Michel, President of Quebec Native Women.

"Our presence here is essential. The demands of this march definitely relate to the issue of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women. I am very proud that my Québécoise sisters are joining in this struggle, We reiterate the need for a national inquiry, to achieve justice and ensure the safety of women who may be reported as disappeared in the future. It is an important issue. During the election campaign, we heard that certain parties would go forward with this inquiry as soon as they are elected. I'm eager to see this, because if not, it will be yet another case of using womens' situation for policital capital", Ms Michel declaired, holding a long eagle feather in her hands, a symbol of protection.

At the same time, Ms Michel does nto intend to tell Aboriginal women how to vote on October 19th, for one party or another. "We are asking First Nations to vote to take part in the change".

Once again, I'm seeking reports in English, if any babblers have come across these.

lagatta

Here is some background information about the march and other planned events, including an international day of action on April 24th, anniversary of Rana Plaza http://www.mmfqc.org/english (which was a collapse, not a fire, though the collapse may have also caused fires in the complex).

http://www.snjm.org/en/news-menu/latest-news/806-committed-to-solidarity... And from an order of nuns!

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..txs lagatta