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Mississauga Stands in Solidarity with Indigenous Community on National Day of Awareness

Mississauga, ON – In a powerful display of solidarity and support, the City of Mississauga is set to recognize the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2S) on Sunday, May 5. Also known as Red Dress Day, this observance aims to shed light on the alarming rates of violence and abuse faced by Indigenous individuals in Canada.

Ogimma-kwe Claire Sault of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation expressed the city’s commitment to standing with impacted families and raising public awareness about this pressing issue. “We can’t change the past, but we can certainly change the future for Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQI+ individuals who have been devastated by violence or are still missing,” she stated. Sault emphasized the importance of being a voice for the lost and providing strength to survivors.

Acting Mayor Matt Mahoney echoed these sentiments, highlighting the need to honor the strength and courage of survivors while acknowledging the pain and suffering they have endured. He emphasized the city’s commitment to standing in solidarity with the Indigenous community.

As part of the city’s observance, symbolic gestures will be made, including dimming the Clock Tower at Mississauga City Hall and lowering the Every Child Matters flag to half-mast. The community is encouraged to participate by wearing red and joining online conversations to raise awareness.

The City’s efforts align with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action #41, which emphasizes the need for a public inquiry into the disproportionate violence against Indigenous women and girls.

As Mississauga prepares to recognize this important day, residents are encouraged to reflect on the ongoing struggles faced by Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit individuals and to support initiatives aimed at creating a safer and more inclusive society for all.

Commentary:

Mississauga’s recognition of the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People is a commendable step toward addressing the systemic issues facing Indigenous communities in Canada. By standing in solidarity and raising awareness, the city is taking tangible action to honor the lives of those impacted by violence and abuse. It is crucial that this momentum leads to ongoing efforts to address the root causes of these injustices and work towards a more just and equitable society for all.

Kelly

Kelly Deschamps is the dedicated City Hall Reporter, bringing forth the pulse of municipal affairs with precision and clarity. With an astute eye for detail and a passion for uncovering the stories that shape urban life, Deschamps delivers comprehensive coverage of local governance. For inquiries or feedback, contact Kelly at kelly.deschamps@gtaweekly.ca

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