Minister of Public Safety MP Marco Mendicino's Office
May 05, 2023 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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May 5th is Red Dress Day, a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People. Did you know that half of all Indigenous women have been sexually abused, assaulted or raped in their lifetime? Canada’s National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls equates the violence to “a race-based genocide of Indigenous Peoples, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, which especially targets women, girls and 2SLGBT2QIA people”.
On May 5th we’re joining CEIU and other affiliates and community partners in supporting MP Leah Gazan’s call to the federal government to set up a “Red Dress Alert” to notify the public when an Indigenous woman, girl, or Two-Spirit person goes missing.
Will you join us?
Other ways you can show your support on May 5th:
- Wear a red dress or shirt.
- Post to social media and using the hashtags #RedDressDay, #NoMoreStolenSisters, and #MMIWG2S.
- Send a letter to your MP asking them to support setting up a “Red Dress Alert”.
- Hang a red dress in your window, outside your door or establishment.
- Safely attend an event, prayer circle or candlelight vigil hosted in your community, if any are taking place.
- Watch a documentary or read a book or the National Inquiry’s final report.