Mothers for Justice Memorial Walk – May 7, 2022

You are cordially invited to attend the inaugural Mothers for Justice Memorial Walk on May 7th, 2022, 1PM PST at McBride Park in Vancouver (3350 West 4th Avenue).

You’ll be walking in solidarity with a group of wonderful and strong people united in advocating for a better future for British Columbians.

A future where British Columbia is no longer the last remaining place in the developed world yet to modernize its 176 year old wrongful death legislation.

Joining us at McBride Park at 1PM sharp will be several families speaking who’ve been affected by these archaic laws, members of the volunteer-based BC Wrongful Death Law Reform Society, and earnest community leaders who’ve taken a stand politically in support of this critical human rights work.

Thereafter, united as a group, we’ll be walking 15 minutes to the Attorney General Minister David Eby’s constituency office where we will place upon it a photo of our wrongfully killed loved one with a rose as a ceremonial act to make our voices heard. Minister Eby is the politician responsible for this legislation.

Media will be in attendance for the event.

This will be a peaceful and respectful memorial walk to bring dignity and reason to this cause.

To show your support while in attendance you can wear a white ribbon and bring a rose. Limited supplies by some generous contributors will be handed out in person.

If you wish to help promote the event you can invite your friends and family to the Facebook event here.

You can also download the below materials to post to your social media:

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Full Size Poster to Print:

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Click map above for location and directions to the event.


About the BC Wrongful Death Law Reform Society

‘In Their Name’ is the campaign of ‘The BC Wrongful Death Law Reform Society’ – a BC registered non-profit organization comprised of volunteer families who have lost a loved one to wrongful death in BC and were denied access to justice. In response to the biggest human rights issue facing the province today, our goal is to modernize British Columbia’s antiquated wrongful death legislation, which predates confederation (1846). Under current legislation, the value of a human life is measured only by the deceased’s future lost income, so long as they had dependents.

As a result of the province’s antiquated law, access to justice has been denied to the families of the wrongfully killed who do not meet this discriminatory criteria. This has affected especially vulnerable groups, namely children, seniors, the disabled, and anyone without dependents when they are killed by the negligent or intentional acts of another.

BC is presently the last of all the provinces, yet to have undertaken this critical legislative modernization to allow for dignity, value, and protections for all its citizens under the law.

When it’s ‘free’ to kill in BC, wrongdoers are not held accountable. This lack of general deterrence holds the province back in terms of incentivizing innovation of safety measures and protocols to prevent wrongful deaths in the first place.

Here’s How You Can Get Involved…

The Premier of British Columbia, David Eby, is responsible for the modernization of BC’s wrongful death laws. Our Society provided David Eby with the drafted ‘Wrongful Death Accountability Act’ when he was acting as the Attorney General for British Columbia for 6 years between 2017-2022. The new Attorney General, Niki Sharma, also shares responsibility as she is the Minister responsible for the ‘Family Compensation Act’ – the current guiding piece of legislation that the civil courts must follow in cases of wrongful death. Minister Sharma receives feedback from the regional ‘Members of the Legislative Assembly’ (MLAs) and follows orders from the Premier, David Eby, who is ultimately responsible for modernization.

Reform is presently at a standstill, as the BC NDP government does not presently view access to justice for the surviving family members of the wrongfully killed as a priority in this province. This is despite the fact that the families behind our Society have been fighting for modernization for over two decades. And despite the fact that all other provinces, including the Yukon, have already modernized in most cases long ago.

The only way to move this forward is by creating massive public awareness and outcry for legislative modernization. Only under the scrutiny of the public and the media will our politicians be forced to take this necessary, and long overdue action.

How many more people will need to die from the same preventable wrongful actions before our politicians will do their job?

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