May 5th Red Dress Day 2021
May 5 is Red Dress Day in Canada, and Canadians are encouraged to wear red in order to draw awareness to the more than 1000 missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada.
Tomorrow, May 5th, red dresses will be hung along the path between the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre and the Old Fire Hall. Walk this path by the river to remember and show your support.
In Canada, the government’s National Inquiry found similar horrifying statistics, including that Indigenous women are seven times more likely to be murdered by serial killers than non-Indigenous women. In the U.S., homicide is the third-leading cause of death among Native women ages 10 to 24, according to the Urban Indian Health Institute, and Native women are victims of murder more than 10 times the national average, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
For read more about the strategy from Yukon Government 'Changing the Story to Upholding Dignity and Justice: Yukon’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-spirit+ People Strategy', click here.
If you are a victim of violence, a family member of a MMIWG, or someone concerned about violence in your community, please contact Joy about the MMIWG Outreach Program and other services, including FILU, legal, clinical and traditional counselling, and cultural and elder supports.
Joy O'Brien, MMIWG Outreach Program Coordinator & Senior Advisor
Phone: (867) 667-6162 / Toll Free: 1-866-667-6162