National Day of Awareness and Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Gender Diverse Kin
Today is May 5, National Day of Awareness and Action for missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse kin, also known as #RedDressDay.
Today we remember all of the lives and spirits of those who have been taken too soon, we lend our thoughts and prayers for the victims of colonialism, patriarchy and all of the oppressive forces, institutions and policies that have and continue to inflict a genocide on Indigenous peoples. Women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender diverse people have been most impacted and today, rather than reducing each sacred life that has gone missing or been murdered to a statistic, we do what we need to do to remember, to name the perpetrators of this ongoing gender-based violence, to honour their lives, to take care of ourselves, to march in solidarity, to organize, to be with loved ones, to keep striving for justice, equity and peace. We remember the families left searching for answers, closure and justice. We remember the strength of our ancestors, our families, and we uplift the young ones inheriting this ever-evolving world.