Nov. 26, 2022
WHISTLER — The second day of the 2022 BC Council opened with remarks from Angela MacDougall of Vancouver’s Battered Women’s Support Services. MacDougall is a well-known activist who has worked for decades to end femicide, the killing of women and girls because of their gender.
She shared statistics about the alarming rise of violence against women during the pandemic and provided examples of the campaign work BWSS has done recently raising awareness of the crisis.
The day’s second guest was Northern B.C. missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit (MMIWG2S) victims and survivors advocate Gladys Radek. She shared heart-breaking stories about losing her niece on the Highway of Tears and the growing list of missing loved ones. She challenged Unifor activists to continue supporting efforts to end the violence and support healing and asked for participation in the Tears to Hope relay race.
National President Lana Payne began her remarks by reporting back on the previous week’s lobby meetings with MPs and cabinet ministers.