IIWR-MB honours the MMIWG2S and encourages everyone to come out on February 14th, at 5:30 pm to walk and show support to families and to honour missing and murdered loved ones.
The first womens memorial march in Canada was held in 1992 in response to the murder of a woman on Powell Street in Vancouver. Out of this sense of hopelessness and anger came an annual march on Valentines Day to express compassion, community, and caring for all women in Vancouvers Downtown Eastside, Unceded Coast Salish Territories. Winnipeg held their first memorial march on Valentines Day in 2008.
Over the years, the February 14th Womens Memorial March has expanded to many 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 beloved sisters and remember the women who are still missing. We encourage all women to journey and heal together by participating in memorials on this day because women, especially Indigenous 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.