For 14 years, Calgarians have gathered on Valentine’s Day to march for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls. For many families, all this time later, justice and peace are yet to be found.
“My daughter had the honour to walk mother earth for 25 years. And within that 25 years, she gave birth to three beautiful children,” said Stephanie English.
“My great aunt had gone missing on the streets of Saskatoon. I have so many friends who have been impacted whether they have lost their sisters or their friends or their family. It’s disheartening to know that this work still needs to be done,” said Chantal Chagnon.
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Chagnon says she wishes more had been done with the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls the community still brings them hope.
Organizers of the march say every single year more faces join in solidarity and it helps raise awareness and puts pressure on the justice system that women and girls are still missing.
“It’s bittersweet. It’s good to see each other it’s good to see the support from the community but it’s also a reminder of the stark reality that we have to deal with every single day,” said Chagnon.