With the eyes of the world on Vancouver, the largest crowd ever showed up for the annual march in memory of missing women through the city's gritty Downtown Eastside neighbourhood.

Every Valentines Day for the last 19 years, family and friends of missing and murdered women across the country have been marching in memory of their loved ones.

Today, about 1,200 people in Vancouver followed drumming of female First Nations elders on the march, a crowd size not reached even in the years after serial killer Robert Pickton was arrested and convicted for murdering women from the area.

Corinthia Kelly, who works with women in the neighbourhood, says women, especially First Nations, still go missing every week.

Kelly says aboriginal women have been considered disposable.

The organizers of the march are calling for a public inquiry into the police actions surrounding the investigation that led to Pickton's arrest, but so far the provincial government has rejected the idea.