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Red Dress Day -- Local Voices Speak about the Awareness of MMIWG+2S
May 5th is National Awareness Day for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Red Dress Day is about honoring the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirited people, and this year La Peche Media had the honor to speak with both Gina Wilson and Elizabeth Logue.
Gina Wilson is the Senior Deputy Minister for Heritage and the Deputy Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Youth. As a result of the 2019 National inquiry into murdered and missing women and girls, it was recommended that an action plan be created and implemented. Gina speaks about this National Action Plan and how she and numerous other prominent indigenous women leaders have come together to develop this extremely important plan. This action plan is due to be released very soon and will involve provinces, territories, and municipalities such as ours. Gina speaks about what has motivated her to do this work and how important this is for Indigenous peoples and Canada as a whole as we move towards reconciliation.
We also spoke with Elizabeth Logue, local artist, former Ottawa Riverkeeper, long time federal public servant and Wakefield Community radio host of Village Voices about her involvement with the community of Wakefield to bring awareness of important issues such as MMIWG+2S. This year, she and local artist Brooke Gibson hung red dresses in Peace Park. Both were inspired by the Red Dress Campaign which has brought awareness to this epidemic of violence towards indigenous women, girls and two spirited peoples. Sadly, this issue has touched our local area as well with the disappearance of Maisy Odjick and Shannon Alexander from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation Que, in 2008.
La Pêche Media was founded in 2020 to offer community-led video journalism, by and for the citizens of the region. Based at the Centre Wakefield La Pêche, we are pleased to offer inclusive, participatory journalism in one of the most beautiful and culturally rich regions of the country.
La Pêche Média a été fondée en 2020 pour offrir du journalisme vidéo communautaire, par et pour les citoyens de la région. Basées au Centre Wakefield La Pêche, nous sommes heureux d'offrir un journalisme inclusif et participatif dans l'une des régions les plus belles et culturellement riches du pays.