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Women's memorial march in Vancouver attracts hundreds

Hundreds marched through downtown Vancouver Saturday to support calls for a national inquiry into 1,200 aboriginal women nationwide who have been murdered or are missing.

Supporters say it's heartbreaking virtually nothing has been done in the event's nearly 25 years

Hundreds marched through downtown Vancouver Saturday to support calls for a national inquiry into 1,200 aboriginal women nationwide who have been murdered or are missing.

The memorial march that began in Vancouver nearly 25 years ago has since spread to cities across the country.

Gertrude Pierre whose niece Cheryl Ann Joe was murdered in 1992 has marched in nearly every one and was here again this year. It was Jo's death that started the march nearly a quarter century ago.

Pierre says it's heartbreaking that despite almost 25 years of marching in the streets, aboriginal women continue to be murdered.

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As the marchers wond their way through Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, they stopped for moments of silence near locations where women have been murdered.

Pierre and many others have been calling for a national public inquiry to look at the root causes of violence against women and to examine how aboriginal women are consistently slipping through the cracks.

With files from Jeff Harrington


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