FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(May 5, 2021, Fort McMurray, AB) – Athabasca Tribal Council (ATC), McMurray Métis, Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre, Pawâmiw Creative, PRIDE YMM, The Centre of Hope Fort McMurray and Waypoints will be hosting a live virtual event bringing awareness to missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit+ (MMIWG2S+) people. The event will be broadcast on Facebook Live and YouTube Live with an opportunity for the public to participate in the discussion and ask the panellists questions through the live broadcast’s comments sections.
“Building awareness is the first step to creating change that will help end violence against Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people,” said Jessica Croucher of Pawâmiw Creative. She will be moderating the discussion panel.
The event is circled around the REDress project created by artist Jamie Black in 2010. Since then, May 5th has become a national day of awareness about MMIWG2S+. The visually haunting image of the empty Red Dress gives a platform for voices that are often silenced. The local community is encouraged to support the awareness campaign by cutting out the Red Dress in the latest Fort McMurray Today and placing it on their door, window or car. Make it visible and discuss with your family, friends, and coworkers, bringing awareness to the issue. Watch Facebook or YouTube live and learn more about what you can do to end the violence.
“This is a national and local issue, not only for Indigenous people but also for non-indigenous communities as well,” said Karla Buffalo, CEO of the Athabasca Tribal Council. “When an Indigenous woman, girl, or two-spirit person goes missing or is murdered, a violent criminal is out there. As a society, we need to bring more awareness of why Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people are disproportionally targeted by this violence and make changes to bring these criminals to justice.”
Watch and participate in the discussion:
May 5, 2021
9:00 am. – 11:00 am
Facebook Live: facebook.com/AthabascaTribalCouncil.ATC
YouTube: Athabasca Tribal Council
The event is supported by the member nations of the Athabasca Tribal Council; Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Chipewyan Prairie Déne First Nation, Fort McKay First Nation, Fort McMurray 468 First Nation, Mikisew Cree First Nation. Additional event support from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo with Arts Council Wood Buffalo providing technical support. Funding and resource support is provided by CEDA, The Government of Canada, Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre, and McMurray Métis.
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For more information:
Karla Buffalo | CEO, Athabasca Tribal Council firstname.lastname@example.org