REEL CAUSES is proudly supporting the Women’s Memorial March through its February Event & the screening of “Finding Dawn” & “Survival, Strength, Sisterhood: Power of Women in the Downtown Eastside”

When: Friday February 18th
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Langara College – Room A130 , Langara College is accessible through Canada Line (7 mins walk), buses running on Main, 49th & Cambie. Free parking in the area and College Paid parking Lots.
Tickets : 10 $ RSVP, 12 $ at the door.
100 % of what you pay goes to support Women’s Memorial March.

“Survival, Strength, Sisterhood: Power of Women in the Downtown Eastside”

A short film that documents the 20 year history of the annual women’s memorial march for missing and murdered women in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories. By focusing on the voices of women who live, love, and work in the Downtown Eastside this film debunks the sensationalism surrounding a neighbourhood deeply misunderstood, and celebrates the complex and diverse realities of women organizing for justice. (32 mins)

“Finding Dawn”

Dawn Crey. Ramona Wilson. Daleen Kay Bosse. These are just three of the estimated 500 Aboriginal women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past thirty years. Directed by acclaimed Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh, Finding Dawn is a compelling documentary that puts a human face to this national tragedy. Finding Dawn illustrates the deep historical, social and economic factors that contribute to the epidemic of violence against Native women in this country. It goes further to present the ultimate message that stopping the violence is everyone’s responsibility. 2006, 73 min 29 s

Women’s Memorial March:

The Feb 14th Women’s Memorial March began after the brutal and tragic murder of a Coast Salish woman in Vancouver’s downtown eastside (dtes) at the end of January 1991. The particularly brutal nature in which she was murdered was the catalyst for women in the community who were fed up with the continued violence and murders of women. The women organized a march on VALENTINES DAY, a universal day that denotes an expression of love, togetherness & caring, they stopped at places women were murdered: red roses, cedar boughs and tobacco were left at each of the sites. Elders pay tribute to the women with a sage ceremony and prayers being offered.
Twenty years later the march continues, the ever increasing names to the memorial brochure is kept as a marker and stark reminder that much work has yet to happen to prevent and end violence against women in the downtown eastside.