Two red dresses will swing in the wind in front of the Saanich Town Hall through early May to honor missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited, and serve as a symbol of the district’s opposition to racism and to violence.
After receiving a request from Ladysmith Mayor Aaron Stone on May 3, the council unanimously agreed to join the fight against acts of racism and violence committed against First Nations peoples, said the Mayor Fred Haynes.
The Council also proclaimed May 5 as the National Day of Remembrance for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit in the District. A proclamation will be made each year and red dresses will be hung in the municipal hall to recognize those who have disappeared or who have been murdered.
Support from several municipalities on the island follows an incident involving two men who were filmed removing red robes from trees along the island road near Ladysmith.
Saanich’s council would like to see “a red dress trail from (town hall) to the highway” to send a message that the violence cannot be ignored, Haynes said.
Two dresses hang near the front and back entrances to the Vernon Avenue Municipal Hall and will remain for a week after Remembrance Day on May 5.
Cristine Caravaca, senior director of the community services division, stressed that Saanich marking Red Dress Day is important because it will help bring attention to missing and murdered indigenous peoples and garner community support for it. movement. For more information, Caravaca recommends visiting lilreddressproject.ca.
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