National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit people (MMIWG2S)
May 5, 2023
May 5 is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit people (MMIWG2S). Our hearts are with all the families who have not yet seen justice for their lost loved ones.
Also known as Red Dress Day, this day honours the thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, 2 spirit and gender diverse people. As Indigenous women disproportionately experience violence, this day is a reminder to pay respect, bring awareness and call on all levels of government to take action to end this racialized and gendered violence.
Justice for MMIWG2S and environmental justice are inextricably connected as neither can happen without confronting and working to dismantle colonialism. Violence against Indigenous women and two spirit people is violence against the land — male-dominated work camps associated with resource extraction projects are directly correlated with an increase in sexualized and gender-based violence against Indigenous peoples.
Poster by National Indigenous Women's Resource Centre. Artwork by Danielle Fixico.
As neighbours working to shine a light on anti-racism for all those experiencing violence, we need to educate ourselves so awareness is raised and help build a safe and secure world for all. We invite you to explore these resources:
National Day of Awareness for MMIWG2S – Red Dress Gathering at Vancouver City Hall, happening May 5 at noon.