February 14 Women’s Memorial Marches:
Not forgetting the legacy and honouring through action
This year at the Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN), we continue to participate in February 14 Women’s Memorial March events to remember and honor missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTTQQIA), gender non-conforming people and their families.
At NYSHN we march, gather and ceremony together in spirit with one and other; remembering and honoring ancestors and generations to come.
Despite the stereotype from mainstream media outlets of Indigenous women and communities being “victims only”; Women’s Memorial Marches are a concrete example of what we have been doing and continue to do about stopping and preventing violence.
Coming together in this way is symbolic of us not standing for the loss of family and friends without action and responding together across our different nations.