Actions on Eve of Election Show Where People Stand
Vancouver Rally Demands Government Elected October 21 End Colonial Violence
The Coalition on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and their allies gathered at Victory Square in Vancouver for a rally for justice, action and accountability on October 20, on the eve of the federal election. The march and rally demanded that whoever forms the government after the federal election must make implementing the Calls for Justice of the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls a priority. All the political parties were invited to participate.
The organizers of the march and rally belong to 29 organizations which have been fighting together since 2010 for government action to end the violence. “My rights as an Indigenous women do not fit into this system,” one speaker said, “they must be recognized.”
In the press release for the event, the Coalition gave notice that it expects a National Action Plan within 90 days of the formation of the next federal government. The Coalition calls on all political parties to treat the 231 Calls for Justice not as optional recommendations, but as legal imperatives. It is the bare minimum that must be done to move forward, they point out.
(Photos: UBCIC, D. Day)