Grief, frustration, hope: Range of emotions at Vancouver’s annual memorial march

More than three decades after the first footsteps fell, the annual memorial march for missing and murdered Indigenous women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside has changed in many ways, but the heartache remains.

A huge crowd gathered for the annual Feb. 14 event which included speeches, a march, and deeply personal reflections from those most impacted by the disappearance of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, two-spirit and trans people as well as their supporters.

“Until we no longer have our Indigenous women murdered or missing, we’re going to have this march –I would hope that that doesn’t mean we’re going to have this march forever,” said Grace Howse, a member of the event organizing committee.

The event began in 1992 with the murder of a woman on Powell Street and has gained momentum and prominence over the decades as awareness of the nation-wide crisis grew, and demands for a national inquiry got louder and eventually came to fruition.


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