Support for 2019 Strawberry Ceremony Elder Wanda Whitebird February 14th

Elder Wanda Whitebird

Annual Strawberry Ceremony on February 14th:  National Day of Action Honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

 

A group of OCADU Graduate Studies students, faculty and staff will be gathering in the lobby of 205 Richmond at 12pm to walk over together. We will be collecting donations in the Graduate Studies Office if you are able to contribute

Information from the organizers:

The Annual Strawberry Ceremony will be held on February 14th:  National Day of Action Honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. This is the 14th year that we have honoured our missing loved ones publicly in ceremony and we have grown significantly over the years. In fact, in 2018 over 1000 people joined us in front of Police Headquarters.

The federal inquiry into the issue has wrapped its investigative phase and is currently preparing a detailed report, yet Indigenous women, girls, trans and two spirit people continue to be murdered and go missing at alarming rates far exceeding those of non-Indigenous people.

On February 14th we come together in solidarity with the women who started this vigil over 25 years ago in Vancouver’s DTES, and with the marches and rallies that will be taking place across this land. We stand in defense of our lives and to demonstrate against the complicity of the state in the ongoing genocide of Indigenous women and the impunity of state institutions and actors (police, RCMP, coroners’ offices, the courts, and an indifferent federal government) that prevents justice for all Indigenous peoples.

 

We are looking for endorsements as well as financial support to cover the costs of the event. Donations can be accepted via e-transfer to nomoresilenceorg@gmail or by mailing a cheque made out to No More Silence c/o Audrey Huntley at Aboriginal Legal Services, 211 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1M4 or use the paypal here: https://www.paypal.me/ItStartsWithUsMMIW

 

We hope you will mobilize your members to join us on: February 14th  at 12:30 pm at Toronto Police Headquarters at Bay & College