On February 14th the Great Room was filled with close to 40 friends who came together to enjoy a Valentine's Tea, and honour the women being remembered in the 20th Annual Women's Memorial March through the Downtown Eastside. As candles flickered, as a smudge was offered in the First Nations tradition and as the sounds of Freedom were sung together in unity, prayers were offered up for a country, and city and a people.
Prayers for Canada
- for the thousands of missing and murdered women across our country, and for those who continue to go missing or are murdered, particularly aboriginal women
- for our leaders, and for legal/social/economic responses that will protect, empower, honor and value vulnerable women and children in our country
- that we will be a nation that does not tolerate or allow the sale of our women and children
Prayers for our City and the Downtown Eastside
- for accountability and justice as the Commission of Inquiry prepares to convene, that it will be an agent for change
- for healing of wounds that remain in the community of the dtes
- for peace, openness and a spirit of unity among leaders, organizations, and women's groups in the dtes
Prayers for Families of Missing and Murdered Women
- for peace and comfort
- that the story of each and every loved one will be honoured, valued and redeemed in a way that will bring hope and healing
- for every child orphaned for a loving family and community to guide them, for cycles to be broken, for lives full of purpose and influence in their generation
The tragedy of women going missing and murdered continues today. Though we have set aside one day to honor and remember, we must work every day to confront, challenge and change this reality. Please continue to pray and do all that you can to bring about justice for women and children in Canada, and everywhere.