Iqaluit’s Red Dress March to draw attention to missing, murdered Indigenous women

Thursday’s awareness event will start at Elders Qammaq at 2 p.m.

The march in Iqaluit for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women will begin at 2 p.m. at the Elders Qammaq and go to the courthouse. The candles lit in this presentation in Ottawa in 2015, seen above, are for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

A Nunavut organization will host a march Thursday to bring awareness to missing and murdered Indigenous women and their relatives.

The Red Dress March is being run by the YWCA Agvik Nunavut, an Iqaluit non-profit that runs shelters and programs for women and children.

It will start at the Elders Qammaq at 2 p.m. and go to the Nunavut courthouse.

May 5 is the national day for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, with similar walks and other events being held across the country to raise awareness of the systemic issue.

Between 1980 to 2014, 16 per cent of female homicide victims in Canada were Indigenous women, according to a 2017 report from the federal justice department.

A 2015 RCMP update stated that Indigenous women represent 10 per cent of the population of Canadian women missing for at least 30 days.

But the overall population of Indigenous women in Canada is approximately four per cent, according to Statistics Canada.

In Nunavut specifically, the federal justice department notes that between 2001 and 2014, the rate of murdered Indigenous women in the territory was 12.26 per 100,000. According to Statistics Canada the 2016 rate of non-Indigenous women in Canada that were homicide victims was 0.71 per 100,000.

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  1. Posted by Arnaq on

    Why was the walk organized for 2:00PM when most people are at work? Why not lunch hour or after work?

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