Butterfly Making Session for the Women’s Memorial March of Manitoba – February 8th, 2017

February 3, 2017

In honour of the Women’s Memorial March of Manitoba, Indigenous Student Support & Community Relations will be hosting a Butterfly Making Session. Poster board butterflies will be decorated with the name of women in Manitoba who are missing or died as a result of violence.  During the annual Valentine’s day march the butterflies will be carried by volunteers as a memorial and remembrance. 

The first women’s memorial march was held in 1991 in response to the murder of a Coast Salish woman on Powell Street in Vancouver. Her name is not spoken today out of respect for the wishes of her family. Out of this sense of hopelessness and anger came an annual march on Valentine’s Day to express compassion, community, and caring for all women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Unceded Coast Salish Territories.

Twenty seven years later, the women’s memorial march has spread across the country and into the US and continues to honour the lives of missing and murdered women and all women’s lives lost as a result of violence. Increasing deaths of many vulnerable women still leaves family, friends, loved ones, and community members with an overwhelming sense of grief and loss. Indigenous women disproportionately continue to go missing or be murdered with minimal to no action to address these tragedies or the systemic nature of gendered violence, poverty, racism, or colonialism.

On Tuesday Feb 14th 2017, we will gather at 5:30 pm at the University of Winnipeg, Spence Street entrance where we will walk and sing in remembrance. Following the March, UWSA and Women & Gender Studies are hosting a program with a feast and speakers and special presentation. 

This event is organized and led by volunteers because women – especially Indigenous women – face physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual violence on a daily basis. The February 14th Women’s Memorial March of Manitoba is an opportunity to come together to grieve the loss of our beloved sisters, remember the women who are still missing, and to dedicate ourselves to justice.

Please join us on February 8th  from 6:00 pm  –  9:00 pm  in the Indigenous Support Centre – 2nd  Floor,  Room F209 at the Notre Dame Campus .   Staff, students and community  members  are welcome to participate.    For more information please contact:   Cheyenne Chartrand at 204-949-8506 or