February 14 2022 / 11:30am - 12:30pm

Women’s Memorial March and Closing Ceremony for “NOOJIM OWIN”… THE GIFT OF THE HEALING DANCE

Cultural Presenter – Joanne Restoule

Public Event

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This year’s Women’s Memorial March will start at the Comox Valley Art Gallery on February 14, dovetailing with the closing ceremony for the installation “Noojim Owin” / The Gift of the Healing Dance.

The event begins at 11:30am on the CVAG plaza at the corner of 6th and Duncan in downtown Courtenay. There will be remarks and performances, followed by a walk to Simms Park.

“Both the memorial march and the “Noojim Owin” installation are about honouring the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and they are also about honouring community resilience in the face of deadly violence,” said event organizer Kristy Bell.

The Women’s Memorial March first began in Vancouver in 1992, in response to the murder of a Coast Salish woman in the downtown eastside.

“Thirty years later, this march has become a nationwide event to honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls,” said Bell.

She said Courtenay’s first march started eight years ago to honour the life of Selina Wallace.

“Since then, we have continued to not only honour Selina but the many women, girls, 2-spirit and LGBTQ people we’ve lost in our communities due to gender- based violence, poverty, racism and colonialism,” said Bell.

The march will begin at the CVAG plaza with several speakers including JoAnn Restoule, one of the key organizers of the “Noojim Owin” installation.

The installation features 11 dresses created by local women. Several of the women will wear their dresses at the event. They will also lead the march to Simms Park, where there will be drumming and refreshments.

People can view the “Noojim Owin” installation at CVAG from 10am to 5pm,  Wednesdays to Saturdays. The Gallery will also be open for special hours on Monday, February 14, from 10am to 5pm

The event will follow public health guideline and organizers ask everyone attending to be vaccinated, maintain social distancing, and wear masks.

For further information about the march, please email

“NOOJIM OWIN”…THE GIFT OF THE HEALING DANCE….WHEN WE DANCE, WE DANCE FOR THE PEOPLE is a Community Cultural Revitalization Project presented at CVAG January 19 – February 14, 2022

Acknowledgements: The Comox Valley Art Gallery is honoured and privileged to be present on the Unceded Territory of the K’ómoks First Nation. CVAG recognizes the enduring presence of First Nations people on this land. CVAG is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with artists, guest curators, writers, cultural advisors, community partners, our volunteers, donors + members. CVAG’s convergent programming is made possible through the support of our funders: Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, Government of Canada, Province of BC, City of Courtenay, Town of Comox, Village of Cumberland, Comox Valley Regional District, BC Gaming / local support: ABC Printing, SD71 Print Shop, Sherwin-Williams Paint Store, Muir Engineering Ltd., Izco Technology Solutions, Cumberland Village Works / The community collaborators + co-presenters the Healing Dance Sacred Circle + School District 71 Indigenous Education.