Hundreds call for justice for Aboriginal women at missing women's memorial march
The 22nd Annual Women's Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Women drew hundreds to the Downtown Eastside on February 14, just one day after Human Rights Watch released a report criticizing the failure of the RCMP to protect indigenous women and girls from violence in Northern B.C.
The report, which compared the fear experienced by aboriginal women victims to that of women in post-conflict countries, called on the Canadian government to open a national inquiry into the murders and disappearances of indigenous women.
Attendees came to raise awareness of the issue and pay tribute to indigenous women who had gone missing in the Downtown Eastside and along the Highway of Tears, a section of Highway 16 between Prince George and Prince Rupert B.C. where several women have gone missing or been murdered.