May 5, 2022 marks the National Day of Awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People in Canada, also known as Red Dress Day. Canada is the first North American country to officially recognize the disappearance of Indigenous women.
In 2015, Canada launched the National Inquiry of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) at the request of Indigenous families, organizations and Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The inquiry was called to examine the disproportionate violence perpetrated against Indigenous women and girls.
This was not on our agenda for Wednesday night so I sent the request to the Mayor who drafted up the proclamation and worked with staff to make this happen on Thursday May 5th at 10am outside of the Town Hall. The official proclamation will be read by the mayor tomorrow and posted to the Town website on Friday.
Canadians are invited to show support on May 5th by wearing red, hanging a red dress or shirt, supporting local events, or posting on social media using hashtags #MMIWG2S, #whywewearred.
Date: Thursday, May 5, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Dominion Avenue steps
For anyone wishing to attend the flag lowering, please remember to respect distancing protocols.