The City of Lethbridge is inviting residents to join them in marking Red Dress Day and honouring the memories of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit Peoples across Canada with a fireside connection event on Friday.
According to the city the event, which is happening from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Galt Gardens, will include drumming and dancing, while also creating an opportunity to “share memories [of] those who have not returned home.”
In a release, the city explains back in 2015 the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was launched. The inquiry investigated and reported on “systemic causes of all forms of violence against Indigenous women and girls,” including social, economic, cultural, and institutional. The final report was released in 2019 and included 231 Calls for Justice. In response the city and community partners created the MMIWG Recommendations and Work Plan, which includes 25 recommendations and a series of projects to address the barriers Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ face in the community.