Statement – Ministers Hajdu, Miller and Vandal issue statement on Red Dress Day

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OTTAWA (ON), May 5, 2022 /CNW/ – The Minister of Indigenous Services, Patty Hajdu; Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Mark Miller; and Minister of Northern Affairs, Daniel Vandal today released the following statement:

“Today’s day of remembrance was inspired by by Jaime Black Art installation project REDress, which included red dresses placed in public spaces as a visual reminder of the pain and loss felt by the families and survivors of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people.

The intention of the red robes, hanging empty, sometimes billowing gently in the breeze, was to emphasize the absence of loved ones who were once close. It is said that red is the color that spirits can see.

This project inspired a grassroots movement through North America for all to remember and acknowledge this loss and have become what is now red dress daya national day for all Canadians to reflect and recognize that we all need to take action.

red dress day is a time for all of us to honor the strength shown by families and survivors and reflect on what each of us can do every day to help end this national tragedy.

In our roles as Minister of Indigenous Services, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, we are committed to bringing about change and supporting survivors, families and communities, while respecting our goals as a country and all calls for justice. Systemic change will take time, but rest assured we will continue to work diligently to address the root causes and the systemic overhaul that is needed. We remain committed, now and in the future, to ending gender-based violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people.

Our relationships with Indigenous peoples are strengthened when we collectively address injustices, fight prejudices and seek the truth, however painful it may be. »

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SOURCE Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

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