Today is Red Dress Day. A National Day of Awareness and Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2S (Two-Spirit) peoples, first established by Indigenous artist Jamie Black.
Red Dress Day calls on every Canadian to recognize that systemic racism, marginalization and colonization have contributed to the normalization of violence towards Indigenous women, girls and 2S peoples. The Peace River Regional District is committed to uniting against systemic violence and discrimination by continuing to foster strong partnerships with our First Nations neighbours and upholding a zero-tolerance policy for racism and discrimination.
The PRRD encourages all residents to reach out to their local Friendship Centre to learn more about participating in planned activities to commemorate Red Dress Day:
Fort St John Friendship Center
Nawican Friendship Centre, Dawson Creek
Tansi Friendship Centre Society, Chetwynd
As well, to learn more about Indigenous peoples and cultures by visiting the Government of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation portal at http://ow.ly/8E5n50IZL79.