Since 1991 Aboriginal activists and supporters have been marching, gathering, marching and speaking out about murdered and missing women on February 14th.
From the Women’s Memorial March website:
The February 14th Women’s Memorial March is an opportunity to come together to grieve the loss of our beloved sisters, remember the women who are still missing, and to dedicate ourselves to justice. Please join us.
February 14th is also One Billion Rising – a global day of action to end violence against women.
Here’s the events that are happening in and around Hamilton next Friday.
One Billion Rising
Hamilton is rising and dancing to put an end to violence against women. At 11:30am folks will be meeting at lots of different locations around Hamilton and walking together to Gore Park:
- Good Shepherd Women’s Services | 30 Pearl Street North
- Immigrant Women’s Centre (Main site) | 8 Main Street East
- Immigrant Women’s Centre (Rebecca site) | 182 Rebecca Street
- YWCA Hamilton and SACHA | 75 MacNab Street South
- Jackson Square | Intersection between James North & King St. West
- Women’s Centre of Hamilton | 100 Main St. East
More information at http://onebillionhamilton.tumblr.com/
March Against Police Sexual Violence
When: Friday, February 14th at 3pm
Where: Hamilton City Hall – 71 Main Street West, Hamilton ON
Hamilton’s first dedicated Human trafficking officer, Derek Mellor faces a sexual-misconduct hearing. In 2012, a 19-year-old former sex-worker, and witness in a human trafficking case, disclosed having a sexual relationship with Mellor. It is unknown if this was consensual, since details are unknown surrounding the disturbingly unequal balance of power between the two, given the woman’s then-criminalized profession and Mellor’s police power. Since it is known that the disclosure originally occurred with a worker who runs support groups for sex-workers, it is not a stretch to assume the interaction was coercive in nature. In an article, the support worker said other sex workers in her groups have had similar complaints.
As we continue to read about officers charged with domestic violence at home, we must now also take this current discovery into account. Finally, the public begins to see bits of the larger picture of police violence against women that has been in plain sight of sex workers and their supports for so long. Enough is enough!
Come take a stand with others against all police brutality, including sexual violence and violence against women by police.
Facebook event – https://www.facebook.com/events/269516013212187/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
Spectator article – http://www.thespec.com/news-story/2269510-officer-probed-for-alleged-tryst-with-witness/
9th Annual Strawberry Ceremony in Honour of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
and those who have died violent deaths by colonialism
When: Friday, February 14th at 12:30pm
Where: Strawberry Ceremony with Wanda Whitebird begins at 12:30 Police Headquarters 40 College Street at Bay, Toronto and Community Feast catered by NaMeRes at the 519 Church Street Community Centre; 519 Church Street following the rally.
Three Indigenous women have died violent deaths in Toronto since last year’s ceremony. This has led No More Silence to create a community owned database to document and investigate such deaths in collaboration with Families of Sisters in Spirit and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network
We continue to raise our voices in denouncing the racism and complicity of state institutions and we support the demand for a national public inquiry led by Indigenous grass roots women and supported by a United Nations Investigation into Missing & Murdered Indigenous women in Canada
According to research conducted by the Native Women Association of Canada (NWAC) under the Sisters In Spirit Program, over 600 Indigenous women have been murdered or gone missing, most of them over the last 30 years.
Facebook event – https://www.facebook.com/events/578758638867662/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&suggestsessionid=62f7932858f0796e987698864f464c48
To find out about other Women’s Memorial Marches in other communities – http://womensmemorialmarch.wordpress.com/national/
Vigil to Honour the Missing/Murdered Aboriginal Women
5:15 – 6:00: Peaceful vigil at King and Main Street in Hagersville, Ontario to honour the over 700 Aboriginal missing/murdered Aboriginal women
6:15- 7:00 Country Style at Mississaugas of New Credit Strawberry Ceremony to honour our Sisters in Spirit
Special Guests/Speakers: Wonda Jamieson, Aileen Joseph, Lynn LaForme
Bring your drum, shaker, signs.