Every year, community members gather at Main and Hastings to honour missing and murdered women and girls. In the absence of meaningful action at the institutional level, the march meaningfully bears witness to the disappeared.
The Memorial March transforms public spaces into sites for remembering, so that memorialization may be practiced and memory processed. Through marching, voices of resistance create spaces in which families, friends, and neighbours join together and remember those whose who are no longer with us.
Confronting the silence, inaction, and violence around these connected tragedies is about creating, embodying and reclaiming space. The Memorial March disrupts the boundaries of silence and the barriers of fear we face in confronting everyday violence and oppression. I am honoured to have been able to attend over the years as a settler on the traditional, ancestral, unceded, and occupied territories of the Coast Salish peoples.
Flowers placed in the places where women were last seen.
This photograph was an accidental double-exposure; pictured is the person who actually pointed out the text to me (found on a march attendee’s sweater).