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A message from Lynn Wells on Red Dress Day – The Brock News


On Thursday, May 5, we honour, commemorate, and mourn missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ (Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual Plus) people.

On this incredibly difficult day, I encourage the entire community of Brock to reflect on the injustices inflicted on Indigenous communities throughout Canada’s colonial history and how colonialism continues to cause injury, pain and suffering. nowadays.

The day is also known as Red Dress Day, as empty red dresses – symbolizing the loss of thousands of Indigenous lives – will be hung in public spaces to raise awareness of the disproportionate rates of violence against Indigenous women and members of the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community.

Since 2018, Brock has marked REDress Day in February with an installation of red dresses on campus. This year, we hosted a roundtable with Jennifer Moore Rattray, who served as the executive director of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

This inquiry resulted in 231 Calls for Justice to governments, institutions, social service providers, industries and all Canadians and, like the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, should be required reading for all Canadians.

I encourage members of the Brock community to also show their support by wearing red clothes and joining Robyn Bourgeois, Brock’s Vice-Rector, Indigenous Engagement, and other Indigenous leaders at a Red Dress Day at St. Catharines City Hall starting at 5:30 p.m.

Many resources — including links to other reading, podcasts, and Indigenous artists — can be found on Brock’s dedicated REDress Day website.

I hope you will join me in taking the time today to remember, reflect and learn, as we walk down the path of meaningful reconciliation.