For most people Valentine’s Day is a tribute to love and romance. But for the families of missing women in Canada it commemorates love, grief and a quest for justice.
While marches have been held annually in Vancouver, B.C., for 20 years protesting the lack of closure on the cases of hundreds of murdered and missing women, Calgary is just starting out.
February 14 is the Alberta city’s third annual march, a “loving remembrance of missing and murdered mothers, grandmothers, wives, sisters, daughters, nieces and granddaughters,” states a press release from the march organizers.
More than 3,000 women have gone missing or been murdered in Canada since the 1970s, most of them aboriginal, the Calgary march organizers said in a statement. They are compiling a list of the country’s missing and murdered women for posting on its Facebook page.
Other Canadian cities are following suit. Marches are also being held in Montreal, Toronto and elsewhere in the country.