A crowd braved the cold Friday evening and gathered at Pioneer Square for the start of the 25th annual Women’s Memorial March. The Women’s Resource Center’s Alicia Taylor said they gather each year to honor all aboriginal women who were murdered or gone missing and aboriginal women between the ages of 25 and 44 are five times more likely to die a violent death than other Canadian women. She said Aboriginal women and girls are honored valued members of our families and communities adding they are mothers, sisters, daughters, aunties, nieces, cousins, partners and wives. Taylor explained increasing deaths of many women leaves families, friends and entire communities with a sense of grief and loss adding as a community we will walk together on this night to honor all missing or murdered women to raise awareness and may we protect our women today.
The marchers then left Pioneer Square and marched down Main Street for a gathering at the Friendship Center.