(Toronto, February 14, 2019) Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald is acknowledging February 14th, the Annual Women’s Memorial March; a day when thousands have the opportunity to gather together across Canada to remember and honour the women, girls and two spirited individuals who have died or have gone missing, and to support their loved ones.

“On behalf of the Chiefs of Ontario, I welcome the 2019 Women’s Memorial March and encourage all Canadians to take part and I would also like to acknowledge the families, community members, activists and organizations for taking the lead and pushing for these marches to continue, your collective strength and resilience is powerful.” said Regional Chief Archibald

“The cycle of abuse and violence against Indigenous women and girls has to stop. Gendered violence, poverty and racism are issues that must be confronted in our communities. For far too long, voices of the women who have experienced violence have been silenced,” said Regional Chief Archibald. “The high rates of MMIWG2S in Ontario and across Canada are deeply concerning and have had overwhelming impacts emotionally and spiritually on the families, youth and communities. These marches are critical to raising awareness and shining a light on an issue that is too long unresolved”

“We must continue this dialogue and support each other as we make space for families to grieve and acknowledge that these women are loved. It is vital that we continue to provide a platform for these women and girls to speak out, and together, we can collaborate for accountability and responsibility to ensure that those who have passed or are missing, receive the justice they deserve.”

Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald

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