Supporting MMIWG2S+

May 6, 2024

Attendees at the Red Dress Alert event announcement in Prince George, 2024

May 5 marked Red Dress Day, also known as National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQIA+ People in Canada (MMIWG2S+).

This past Saturday, May 4, MoveUP Vice-President Christy Slusarenko attended an event hosted by CUPE 728 at Bear Creek Park in Surrey to honour MMIWG2S+. MoveUP’s Human Rights & Multicultural Committee was proud to donate $500 towards the hosting of this event.

See photos here

This past Sunday, May 45, BCFED president Sussanne Skidmore shared an announcement in Prince George – symbolic as it marks one end of the the Highway of Tears – that the federal government has partnered with the Manitoba government, along with Indigenous grassroots organizations, to create Canada’s first Red Dress Alert system.

Annette Toth, MoveUP Vice-President and COPE SEPB President, was proud to represent our union in Prince George, joining other members of the labour movement to hear the announcement of this historic program.

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The Red Dress Alert system will notify the public when an Indigenous woman, girl, two-spirit or gender-diverse person is reported missing.

The creation of a Red Dress Alert system has long been called for by the NDP, and it was a 2023 NDP motion that called to recognize the crisis of the MMIWG2S+ as a Canada-wide emergency.

Read the NDP’s statement here

Read the Government of Canada announcement

In solidarity,

Christy Slusarenko & Anderson Charles
Co-chairs, Human Rights & Multicultural Committee