Tuesday, January 5, 2010

BC Women Demand Inquiry

From the Vancouver Sun:
More than 100 women rallied in Crab Park in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside Sunday to demand the federal government strike a public inquiry into the more than 500 missing and murdered aboriginal women cases across Canada.

"We've asked and asked again but there is no answer," said Bernie Williams, a native elder and activist.

There are 520 cases of missing or murdered aboriginal women in Canada, according to the Native Women's Association of Canada.

The smell of smudged sage filled the cold January air as the women lit 520 candles and placed them in a circle around a stone memorial erected in memory of Vancouver's missing women.

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