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Honouring the survivors, victims and families of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls across Canada

February 14, 2022

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For the past 31 years, families, friends and supporters of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) have come together every February 14 in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside at the annual Women’s Memorial March to grieve the loss of their loved ones, honour their memories and to remember those who are still missing.

Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender diverse peoples disproportionately continue to go missing or be murdered, and in Canada specifically, Indigenous women are three and a half times more likely than non-Indigenous women to be targeted by violence, and three times more likely than non-Indigenous women to be killed by someone they know.

At Rogers, we’re deeply committed to reconciliation and using our technology to help rural, remote and Indigenous communities stay connected. We are taking actionable steps to help ensure safety for Indigenous communities across Canada, including along B.C.’s Highway 16, sadly known as the Highway of Tears.

That’s why we’re supporting the safety of Indigenous women today and tomorrow by building stronger connectivity across this stretch of highway. Our crews recently started construction on the first of 12 new towers that will service the area of highway and communities along the route between Prince Rupert and Prince George, fulfilling one of the 33 recommendations in the 2006 Highway of Tears Symposium report to enhance safety for Indigenous women and girls.


We will continue to listen, learn, take action and work with the Indigenous community to build a future of understanding, safety and support. It is our hope that by providing the safety of wireless connectivity along Highway 16, we can continue to honour survivors, victims and their families and communities by taking action to address the historical crisis of MMIWG.