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MMIWG2S stands for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit Peoples, and works towards raising awareness and advocating for the end of violence againt Indigenous Women. Throughout the year, we hold events in honour of our stolen sisters.
May 5th is National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2S). On this day we remember the people who have lost their lives to colonial, gender-based violence, and their families and communities that live daily with the grief of losing loved ones.
This day is also known as Red Dress Day. Red Dress Day started as a campaign entitled, The REDress Project, that launched in 2014 by Métis artist Jamie Black and has been used to symbolize the thousands of MMIWG2S. The ISC remembers and honours all our Indigenous loved ones who have been murdered and gone missing. We encourage others to join in raising awareness on this day.
- Wear Red on May 5th to show your support and raise awareness;
- Attend a MMIWG2S Awareness Event to learn more;
- Hang a red dress in your window to support women who are on the frontlines fighting for all of us everyday;
- Read the final report from the National Inquiry on MMIWG2S;
- Donate to initiatives that support Indigenous women in our community:
- Connect on social media using the hashtags:
#SFUIndigenous #NoMoreStolenSisters #WearRed
- Help spread awareness by downloading and using our Zoom virtual background.
The following list has been compiled by the Pacific Association of First Nations Women.
- Free, Online 1-1 Counselling with Char Leon - for Indigenous peoples who have missing or murdered family members (Sign-up)
- Reclaiming Power and Space: The Final Report
- Reclaiming Power and Space: Calls for Justice
- MMIWG and Violence Prevention
- Sister Watch: Protecting Women in the Downtown Eastside
- Coalition MMIWG Inquiry
- MMIWG-related articles on UBCIC website
- Downtown Eastside Women's Centre Report
Support by phone
- For immediate emotional assistance, call 1-844-413-6649. This is a national, toll-free 24/7 crisis call line providing support for anyone who requires emotional assistance related to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
- Health Support Services Directory Per Region (phone numbers)
- BC Bereavement Line - 1-877-779-2223
- Kuu-us Crisis Line Society - 1-800-588-8717
- Hope for Wellness Help Line - 1-855-242-3310 - Immediate help to all Indigenous peoples across Canada