Press Release

A Statement from NWAC President Carol McBride

Red Dress Day 2023: Remember, Reflect, Demand Action

May 5 is National Day of Awareness and Action for MMIWG2S+ People. Join us for justice.

Join the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) in calling for action on May 5, Red Dress Day! Wear a red dress, or hang a red dress in a tree or display in a window to remember and honour all those Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit, Transgender, and Gender-Diverse+ (WG2STGD+) People who have gone missing or been murdered across the country.

How many more will we continue to mourn?

Red dresses are used to call the spirits of missing and murdered women and girls back to their loved ones. Let’s think of our stolen sisters and their families. Let’s take this opportunity to push for meaningful implementation of the Calls for Justice of the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG),” said Carol McBride, NWAC President.

NWAC is calling for positive representation of Indigenous WG2STGD+ People within law enforcement and the justice, health care, and education systems.

More than just a day that symbolizes remembrance, Red Dress Day is a day of solidarity, a call for justice, a flame of hope for those who still stand. It’s for all the families who have lost loved ones. In lockstep with the families who mourn, NWAC demands action that matches the gravity of this ongoing genocide. Justice now for missing and murdered Indigenous WG2STGD+ People!

Let’s come together to end this cycle of violence—a consequence of colonialism and systemic racism within our society.

Walk with us toward true reconciliation. Together, let’s stand for change.

The Press and public are invited to attend [DATE, TIME, LOCATION OF WALK OR MEDIA SCRUM].

#RedDressDay2023 #RedDressDay #NoMoreStolenSisters #nationaldayofawarenessandaction #NWAC

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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.