The Statement reads as follows:
“Today, on Red Dress Day, we acknowledge the historic and continued exploitation of our mothers, daughters, granddaughters, aunties, cousins, and sisters. The issues that have led to this long-standing tragedy run deep in our country’s colonial heritage and are exacerbated by ongoing systemic racism and inaction.
Statistics Canada reported that in the fourteen-year period between 2001 to 2015, the homicide rate for Indigenous women was nearly six times higher than that for non-Indigenous women.
On this day, we mourn for those we’ve lost, hope for those we have not found, and endeavour for change to a system that has too often failed to provide justice to those mourning.
Our caucus joins the many calls across this country demanding an end to the violence against Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people.”