On February 14, activists can show their heart and share their solidarity for a better future for First Nations children, and for justice and safety for women and girls.
Have a Heart Day is an annual call to bring equal funding and services to First Nations children living on reserve. Sponsored by the First Nations Children and Family Caring Society (the Caring Society), this initiative is a youth-led reconciliation campaign to help ensure First Nations children get a fair chance to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and feel proud of who they are.
Dozens of Have a Heart events are planned across the country. To participate in a Have a Heart Day event in your area, find out more at www.fncaringsociety.com/have-a-heart.
Activists and allies can also support the day by sending a card or letter to the Prime Minister or your local Member of Parliament asking them to ensure that First Nations children have the services they need to thrive; by hosting a Valentine’s Day party to raise awareness in your school or community; or by spreading the word through social media channels like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook using the hashtag #HaveaHeartDay and/or #JourneeAyezUnCoeur.
Women’s Memorial Marches also take place on February 14 at a number of locations across the country. The marches and vigils honour and acknowledge the loss of thousands of women and girls who have lost their lives due to physical, mental, and emotional violence. They also call attention to the disproportionate percentage of Indigenous women and girls who have gone missing or have been murdered at a rate that far exceeds any other demographic in Canada. These memorial marches provide an opportunity to show solidarity in the fight to eliminate violence against all women.
Some of these February 14 marches include:
Victoria - Stolen Sisters Memorial March 2020
Location: Our Place Society, 919 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, B.C., V8V 3N4
Start: February 15, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
New Westminster - Women’s Memorial March
Location: Douglas College, 700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, B.C., V3M 5Z5
Start: Friday, February 14, 2020, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Vancouver – 29th Annual February 14 Women’s Memorial March
Location: Carnegie Community Centre, 401 Main Street, Vancouver, B.C., V6A 2T7
Start: Friday, February 14, 2020, 10:30am. March starts at 12 p.m.
Calgary – 12th Annual Valentines' Day Women's Memorial March
Location: Scarboro United Church, 134 Scarboro Avenue SW, Calgary, AB, T3C 2H1
Start: Friday, February 14, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Edmonton – Memorial March of Edmonton 2020
Location: Edmonton City Hall, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Sq. NW, Edmonton, AB, T5J 2R7
Start: Friday, February 14, 2020, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Winnipeg – Annual Manitoba Women's Memorial March for Mmiwg2s+
Location: The University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2R6
Start: Friday, February 14, 2020, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Toronto – 15th Annual Strawberry Ceremony
Location: Toronto Police Headquarters, 40 College Street, Toronto, ON, M5G 2J3
Start: February 14, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Montreal – Vigil to Honour MMIWGT2S
Location: Native Friendship Centre, 2001 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, QC, H2X 2T3
Start: Friday, February 14, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Look to social media for other February 14 marches planned in your community. For more information regarding UFCW Canada’s work to prevent violence against women and support survivors of abuse, visit our union’s Women and Gender Equity page. To find out more about UFCW Canada’s work on Reconciliation, visit our Indigenous Rights and Reconciliation page.