RED DRESS DAY RAISES AWARENESS ABOUT MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN
(Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatoon, SK) — The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Executive sends prayers of healing to the families and communities of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in honour of Red Dress Day.
To raise awareness for MMIWG on the eve of hearings that will gather testimony from the victim’s families, the public is being asked to wear red, a red dress, or to hang a red dress in a public place on May 5th.
The red dress has become a symbol for the thousands of Indigenous women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the years. Often the suspicious circumstances of their disappearance or death remains uninvestigated by police.
“On May 5th we wear red to show that we have not forgotten our sisters, mothers and daughters who have been taken from us,” said FSIN Vice-Chief Heather Bear. “As hearings begin this month in the MMIW inquiry, the whole world will come to know their names and their stories.”
The trauma inflicted by MMIW affects everyone. This is not just a women’s issue, says FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron
“When someone suffers a violent death or goes missing it hurts the integrity of our families and our communities,” said Chief Cameron. “When we wear the red we acknowledge that they are still here in spirit; in our hearts.”
The FSIN represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. The Federation is committed to honouring the spirit and intent of the Treaties, as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of the Treaty promises that were made more than a century ago.