Today is the National Day for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People.
A walk to create awareness on this issue took place today in St. Catharines. Participants gathered in front of the municipal building for a short ceremony.
The walk was organized through the collaborative efforts of the City of St. Catharines, the Niagara Regional Native Centre and the St. Catharines Downtown Association.
Walter Sendzik, Mayor City of St Catharines acknowledged the gathering was taking place in the land of the Indigenous community adding that the great standard of living achieved in the area was as a direct result of resources and friendship of the Indigenous peoples.
He said the walk “is for all of us to remember what happened to peoples of the First Nations.”
“The land acknowledgement is a reminder of what happened to the Indigenous community in the past,” he noted.
Walter Sendzik commended the leadership of women of Niagara Regional Native Centre who worked with the City of St. Catharines to create awareness on Red Dress Day.
Red dresses are hanged along St. Paul Street to mark the event.
“The use of red dresses to represent missing Indigenous women and girls was originated by Métis artist Jaime Black in 2010,” according to Canada.
The artist displayed over one hundred red dresses around the University of Winnipeg campus to raise awareness about the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
The government of Canada has launched a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.