October 4th is Manitoba’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Awareness Day and the National Day of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ Persons.
The University of Winnipeg is committed to reconciliation and Indigenization, through maintaining relationships with Indigenous people, community, and organizations. UWinnipeg’s Wesley Hall is lit red the nights of October 3th and 4th to remember those who have been lost.
“On this day, we honour all those who have lost their lives or remain missing,” said Dr. Chantal Fiola, Interim Associate Vice-President, Indigenous Engagement. “No one’s final resting place should be a landfill. We also acknowledge all the families who are impacted by this ongoing human rights crisis. We encourage UWinnipeg students, staff, and faculty to get involved to show their support – for example, by attending a hybrid event organized by Giganawenimaanaanig, the Manitoba MMIWG2S+ Implementation Committee, at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.”
In addition, we encourage everyone to deepen their understanding by reading Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.