Marchers remember missing, murdered women and girls
Meghan Roberts, CTV Winnipeg
Published Sunday, February 14, 2016 5:09PM CST
Last Updated Sunday, February 14, 2016 6:29PM CST
More than 200 women, men and children walked through snowy Winnipeg streets at the Women’s Memorial March on Sunday.
The annual event began 26 years ago in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. It now happens across Canada and in two American cities, Minneapolis and Duluth.
“For me, it’s about remembering, never forgetting anybody,” said marcher Lisa Makwebak.
RCMP estimate that almost 1,200 indigenous women were murdered or went missing between 1980 and 2012.
Five members of Sue Caribou’s family were murdered, and her niece Tanya Nepinak is still missing.
“Been a long journey for me since 1972 to 2016 with no justice,” said Caribou. “I’ve been living this life my whole life.”
For years, victims’ families asked for an inquiry into the disproportionately high number of missing and murdered indigenous women. That wish was granted by the current federal government, and preparations are underway.
“Where we are today is fundamentally a result of all the work of families for the last 30 years,” said Nahanni Fontaine, Manitoba’s special advisor on aboriginal women's issues.
Victims’ families are invited to attend pre-inquiry meetings across Canada. The closed-door consultations will help design what the national inquiry will look like.
People who cannot attend a meeting are also invited to fill out a survey online.