We Are All Treaty People

Statement from the OTC

  • Published - 04/05/2021
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  • Posted By - OTC
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In Canada, May 5th is a national day to raise awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

The Office of the Treaty Commissioner encourages people to take the to learn about the thousands of Indigenous women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the years. Many times, their disappearance and death is under suspicious circumstances.

A good resource for this is reading Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Every week since December, the OTC has been sharing some of the recommendations from the report on Facebook. We appreciate how many of you have been sharing those messages and looking at how to make changes in your lives and industry.  This is a step in repairing the damage and working towards making the world a safer place for Indigenous Women and Girls.

We also ask that on May 5, you wear Red. By wearing red, you acknowledge that those who have gone missing or have suffered a violent death are still in the hearts of people who knew them and you stand in solidarity with those who have lost loved ones.

The REDress Project is an installation art project based on the response on the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and girls in Canada, serving as a visual reminder of the women who are no longer with us. Learn more the Red Dress Projects

Another good resource is the Window Art to honour MMIWG. Created by students at Yorkton Regional High School in partnership with Yorkton Tribal Council and Big Brothers Big Sisters, it shares the steps of how to create the art and additional resources for learning.