We stand in solidarity with Aboriginal Peoples of Canada and elsewhere who fight for self-determination and a safe and healthy quality of life for themselves and their children. This means decolonizing relationships with the governments, protecting the environment, and breaking the racism barrier with us Settlers and other people of colour. And other things.
Maille à Part also more specifically participated to the annual March for Missing and Murdered Native Women in Canada on Valentine’s Day.
The first women’s memorial march was held in 1991 in response to the murder of a Coast Salish woman on Powell Street in Vancouver. Her name is not spoken today out of respect for the wishes of her family. Out of this sense of hopelessness and anger came an annual march on Valentine’s Day to express compassion, community, and caring for all women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Unceded Coast Salish Territories. Twenty one years later, the women’s memorial march continues to honour the lives of missing and murdered women.
We have yarnbombed names of some of these women to honor their memory: