February 14, 2020 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Toronto Police Headquarters
40 college street
15th ANNUAL STRAWBERRY CEREMONY @ Toronto Police Headquarters

The annual Strawberry Ceremony honours missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and has been held every Valentine’s Day outside of the Toronto Police Headquarters since 2006.

“Strawberry Ceremony with Elder Wanda Whitebird begins at 12:30 at Police Headquarters, 40 College Street at Bay, Toronto.

Please leave your agency, institutional and organisation banners at home and instead make signs in honour of women, girls, trans and two-spirit people who have died violent and premature deaths.

The National Inquiry has released its final report since we gathered last year but Indigenous women are still going missing and being murdered. Community groups such as No More Silence, Families of Sisters in Spirit and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network continue their work to end gender-based violence and support community members and families grieving missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, trans and two spirit people.

In their It Starts with Us collaboration they have also produced these beautiful tributes: http://www.itstartswithus-mmiw.com/tributes

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.”

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