May 4, 2022
OTTAWA – A statement by Lorraine Whitman, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), to mark national Red Dress Day 2022 in Canada.
“On May 5, we will see the red dresses suspended from trees, hanging from windows, swaying in the breeze.
But we will see much more than that. We will see the people who would have worn those crimson garments. We will see their smiles. We will hear their laughter. We will think about the last time we held them in our arms … and they held us in theirs.
They were our mothers, our daughters, our sisters, our aunties, our friends.
We want them to be with us once again … in that forest … on that front porch. We want them to come home.
We want to know what happened. How were they taken from us? And why?
But mostly, we want to know that other families will be spared this pain.
On National Red Dress Day, please join us at the Native Women’s Association of Canada in remembering the far too many Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people who have been murdered or gone missing.
And join us in demanding an end to the violence that a national inquiry has declared to be a genocide.”
About The Native Women’s Association of Canada
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is a national Indigenous organization representing political voices of Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender-diverse people in Canada. NWAC is inclusive of First Nations—on- and off-reserve, status, non-status, and disenfranchised—Inuit, and Métis. An aggregate of Indigenous women’s organizations from across the country, NWAC was founded on a collective goal to enhance, promote, and foster social, economic, cultural, and political well-being of Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender-diverse people within their respective communities and Canadian societies.
À propos de l'Association des femmes autochtones du Canada
L'Association des femmes autochtones du Canada (AFAC) est une organisation autochtone nationale qui représente la voix politique des femmes, des filles, des transgenres, des bispirituels et des personnes de sexe différent au Canada, y compris les membres des Premières nations vivant dans les réserves et hors réserve, les Indiens inscrits et non inscrits, les personnes privées de leurs droits, les Métis et les Inuits. Regroupant des organisations de femmes autochtones de tout le pays, l'AFAC a été fondée dans le but collectif d'améliorer, de promouvoir et de favoriser le bien-être social, économique, culturel et politique des femmes autochtones au sein de leurs communautés respectives et des sociétés canadiennes.