Ending Discrimination

Remembering missing and murdered Indigenous women at February 14 Memorial Marches

February 21, 2017

Every year on February 14, marches are held across Canada to remember missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The first happened in 1991 following the murder of a Coast Salish woman on Powell Street in Vancouver.

Indigenous women have worked tirelessly with allies for years to draw attention to and stop violent crimes committed against women and girls in their communities. Last year, the federal government finally heeded their calls and announced a long-overdue inquiry into the disappearance and murders of Indigenous women across the country.

Over the last decade, Canada’s unions supported the call from Indigenous communities for this inquiry by launching petitions, lobbying the government, encouraging members to attend vigils, and assisting in bringing Indigenous women’s voices to the UN. We also called on the government to reject proposed cuts in bus service to the Highway of Tears.

“Indigenous women have finally won the inquiry they had demanded for so long, but the work doesn’t end there,” said CLC Secretary-Treasurer Barbara Byers.

“We must ensure the inquiry addresses the root causes of violence against Indigenous women, such as racism, sexism and misogyny so that it truly does result in justice and meaningful change,” she added.

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) has created a quarterly report card about the inquiry to encourage transparency and to measure its progress. NWAC is also making recommendations over the course of the inquiry to ensure Indigenous communities are properly included in the consultation.

“Canada’s unions will stand in solidarity with Indigenous women, girls and their communities both as the inquiry is underway and beyond to help ensure our country truly addresses the root causes of violence against Indigenous women,” said Byers.

“We will also continue to urge the government to implement strategies that include clean water, affordable housing, accessible education and poverty reduction in Inuit, First Nations and Métis communities,” she added.

Details on the Vancouver march
Details on the Calgary march
Details on the Edmonton march

  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • IDAHOTB: Canada’s unions call for an end to violence and harassment

    May 17, 2022
    Click to open the link
  • Social Justice and Democracy
  • Conservatives refuse to talk lagging wages instead push low-wage austerity agenda

    May 16, 2022
    Click to open the link
  • Ending Discrimination
  • Asian Heritage Month: Canada must do more to eliminate anti-Asian racism

    April 30, 2022
    Click to open the link
  • Social Justice and Democracy
  • Canada’s unions celebrate end to discriminatory blood donation policy

    April 28, 2022
    Click to open the link
  • Better Pay and Benefits
  • Statement of the CLC and provincial and territorial federations of labour in response to the Ontario Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee Report

    December 20, 2021
    Click to open the link
  • Ending Discrimination
  • Human Rights Day: Canada must ratify C-189 to protect vulnerable domestic workers

    December 10, 2021
    Click to open the link
  • Ending Discrimination
  • Sheryl Burns awarded the 2021 Carol McGregor CLC Disability Rights Award

    December 2, 2021
    Click to open the link
  • Ending Discrimination
  • Canada’s unions urge federal government to end conversion therapy

    November 19, 2021
    Click to open the link
  • Gender Equality
  • President Bea Bruske available to speak about Canada’s unions’ priorities for new Parliament

    November 19, 2021
    Click to open the link