International day of recognition provides opportunity to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women

Date posted: 
Wed, 11/20/2019
International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women

Missing and murdered Indigenous women will be remembered and honoured at Red Deer College and across the community on November 25. The date, which signifies the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, will be a day of education, respect and community building thanks to a partnership between RDC’s Indigenous Student Services, Red Feather Women and the Students’ Association of Red Deer College.

“This is a serious issue that impacts people in our community and across Canada,” says Dr. Peter Nunoda, RDC President. “By partnering with the Red Feather Women and RDC’s Students’ Association, we are able to encourage conversations, help educate people about what is happening, and become part the change that is long overdue.”

On November 25, there will be symbolic and interactive ways for people from across the community to learn more. Red and orange dresses will be hung throughout RDC’s campus, representing the Canada-wide symbol to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Community members and students, faculty and staff from across RDC are welcome to attend the activities throughout the day.

International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women:
Education and Awareness Hub

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Drop-in
Red Deer Bottling Forum, near Tim Hortons (see map)

Pipe Ceremony and Community Conversation
Led by Corky Larsen-Jonasson, Community Elder and Red Feather Women Co-Founder
3 to 5 p.m.
RDC Arts Centre Foyer

These activities represent the official first day in the Students’ Association’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and ends on International Human Rights Day on December 10.

"The Students’ Association wants to promote the courageous voices of survivors and their families while encouraging students, faculty, staff, and community members to reflect on their own actions to determine how they can best support eradicating gender-based violence,” Jessica Hennelly, VP Community & Wellness with the Students’ Association of Red Deer College. “It is everyone’s responsibility to end violence faced by women and girls, as well as diverse populations, including Indigenous peoples, LGBTQ2+ community members, gender non-binary individuals, those living in northern, rural, and remote communities, people with disabilities, newcomers, children and youth, and seniors.”

Red Feather Women are embracing the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women as a day to further increase awareness of injustices and racism targeting Indigenous women. They will achieve this by hanging red and orange dresses in as many places city-wide as possible.

“By hanging red dresses throughout our community, we hope to bring home the fact that this is not somebody else’s problem, but our own,” says Sheila Bannerman with Red Feather Women. “Women go missing from our own community; women are murdered and their murders deemed trivial. We hope to personalize this issue through widespread visual impact, and so encourage every person, every organization, and our City to hang a dress in a visible and impactful location on November 25.”
 

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About Red Feather Women: Red Feather Women is a social action group that grew from connections made through the 2015 installation of 'Walking With Our Sisters' in Red Deer. 'Walking With Our Sisters' was a formative experience for many women, resulting in a strong desire to make a difference, act on social/justice issues and continue the work of raising awareness.

Further information on Red Feather Women is available on Facebook.

For additional information contact:

Shelley Newman    
Communications Strategist – Corporate  
403.342.3299     

Brent Forster
Communications Strategist – Corporate
403.342.3389

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