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10th Annual Strawberry Ceremony for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
Strawberry Ceremony with Wanda Whitebird begins at 12:30 at Police Headquarters, 40 College Street at Bay, Toronto
Community Feast catered by NaMeRes at the central YMCA - Grosvenor Street
Please leave your agency banners and organizational signs at home and make some in honour of women/girls trans and two spirits who have died violent and premature deaths instead.
Tokens will be available at the rally.
There has been unprecedented media and public attention to this issue since we gathered last year but Indigenous women are still going missing and being murdered. No More Silence has been working hard 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
On February 14th we come together in solidarity with the women who started this vigil over 20 years ago in Vancouver's DTES, and with the marches and rallies that will be taking place across this land. We stand in defense of our lives and to demonstrate against the complicity of the state in the ongoing genocide of Indigenous women and the impunity of state institutions and actors police, RCMP, coroners' offices, the courts, and an indifferent federal government that prevents justice for all Indigenous peoples.
No More Silence began holding ceremony at police headquarters on February 14th 10 years ago. 3 years ago we formed the February 14th Organizing Committee in an effort to broaden community participation in the planning of the event - the committee is made up of The Native Youth Sexual Health Network Network, Sistering, Maggies TO and other feminist and Indigenous community organizations.
Endorsed by: Anti-Colonial Committee in the Law Union of Ontario, Muskrat Magazine