Volunteers and advocates in Prince George are hosting the 2024 Women’s Memorial March to raise awareness for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls.
This year the Prince George Women’s Memorial March Committee is hosting its event on Wednesday Feb. 14 from 12 to 3 p.m.
Participants will start at the Native Friendship Centre front entrance and finish at the Prince George courthouse.
Participants are asked to wear red.
The Women’s Memorial March is held annually and was first held in 1992 in Vancouver in response to the murder of a woman on the downtown east side.
The march continues on the 14th of February each year to commemorate and honour the lives of those lost and call for action as Indigenous women and girls continue to be disproportionally lost and affected by gender-based violence.
According to Amnesty International, Indigenous women and girls are at least three times more likely to experience violence, and at least six times more likely to be murdered than any other woman or girl in Canada.
Prince George is also located along Highway 16 - commonly referred to as the Highway of Tears – the 725-kilometre stretch of highway where many Indigenous women and girls have gone missing or been murdered since 1970.