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Red Dress/Blue Shirt Day – March 20

Posted on: Mar 15, 2019

On March 20, Concordia University of Edmonton will be raising awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Men, as well supporting students and families dealing with this grief.

Indigenous women in Canada report rates of violence, including domestic violence and sexual assault, which are 3.5 times higher than non-Indigenous women. Young Indigenous women are five times more likely than other Canadian women of the same age to die as a result of violence. Yet many Canadians have little knowledge of the injustices, violence and abuse experienced by Indigenous women.

CUE’s Indigenous Knowledge and Research Centre, the Indigenous Students Council, and the Concordia Students’ Association have planned a full day of dialogue around missing loved ones:

  • Beginning at noon in Tegler, the day will start with drums and a solidarity march, followed by Kathy King sharing her testimony of her stolen daughter;
  • at 1:00pm, we will break for lunch, and debrief with a sharing circle
  • A panel discussion, featuring four unique perspectives on missing and murdered indigenous women and men, will end the day in the IKRC.

The CSA will collect messages of hope, love and support for families enduring these hardships.

Please join us.

The event is open to the public and on-site support is available for those requiring services or emotional support.