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Why Victoria marches – The Martlet

by ahnationtalk on March 12, 201852 Views

On Feb. 17, I participated in Victoria’s Stolen Sisters Memorial March, standing behind the Indigenous women, girls, and 2spirit drummers and singers who were leading the community. We walked to remember and honour Indigenous women, girls, and 2spirit people who have gone missing and been murdered on this land.

My name is Anabelle Budd. My parents are both from France, but they moved to Mexico in the early 1990s. I was born and raised in Mexico City, largely within a French community, and moved to Montreal for university in 2011. I finally settled in Victoria in 2015 and acknowledge that I did so with no invitation from the Lekwungen communities, Songhees, and Esquimalt First Nations, on whose unceded and traditional territories I now reside. That settling requires acknowledgment.

Despite the heavy rain and strong winds, the community showed up to the Stolen Sisters march in large numbers. The march began at Our Place Society and concluded in front of the Legislature, where we gathered to listen to powerful songs and speakers.

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