Winnipeggers took to the streets to honor MMIWG

Winnipeggers took to the streets to honor MMIWG, Iryna Chyrkova

Hundreds of city inhabitants took to the streets to show their love for missing or murdered Indigenous girls and women on St. Valentine's Day.

Many of them were holding posters depicting a butterfly, the names and dates of the disappearance or death of people from their family.

This event has been held for over 50 years in different cities of the country on St. Valentine's Day.

"We are walking for our community and we're walking for our loved one: My granddaughter," she said. "She died in April 2015, and we have suspicions as a family. Her death was deemed 'undetermined.' And there was no thorough investigation."

In Winnipeg, this march takes place for 11 years.

Tina Cook-Martin, the university's Indigenous Student Success Officer, said that she knows a lot of real stories about grief faced by families of missing or murdered girls and women.

"I've heard personal stories. You hear stories all the time like that. It does take an effect on me because I am Indigenous and I am a woman. So there are things I have to be considerate for."

Cook-Martin provides maximum assistance and support to families and believes that such marches can draw attention to the problem and raise awareness of people. 

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St. Valentine's Day Indigenous girls and women march
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