Jenny in the House: Remarks on the 30th annual February 14th Memorial March.

On February 17 2021, Jenny made a statement in the House marking the 30th Annual February 14th Memorial March in the DTES:

Jenny Kwan (NDP) Vancouver East, BC

"Mr. Speaker, the community continues to march yearly on February 14 to honour the lives of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls and to demand action and justice. This year is the 30th anniversary of the Memorial March. It truly shows that the issues faced by indigenous women and girls are not new but are part of Canada's colonial history.

Issues of housing, food and income security have all become exponentially more precarious. Systemic racism in the health care system is real, and violence against women is on a steep rise. The pandemic is precisely why we need bold, urgent action to implement the calls to justice from the national inquiry. There is no time to waste.

To start, implementing safe and affordable housing for all, universal pharmacare and child care, and culturally aware and trauma-informed support services is just a short list of actions that would make an immediate difference. No more delays, no more inaction, no more stolen sisters: We need justice for missing and murdered indigenous women and girls now."

 

https://openparliament.ca/debates/2021/2/17/jenny-kwan-1/

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