NDP Bill Would Set Aside Oct. 4 as an Official Day To Honour Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls

A Bill introduced today in the Manitoba Legislature by NDP MLA Nahanni Fontaine would set aside Oct. 4 each year as an official day to honour and bring attention to Manitoba’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

“More than 1,200 Indigenous women and girls have been reported missing or murdered across Canada since 1980,” said Fontaine. “Families and community alike have called for greater recognition of the crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls. By creating a special day each year, we are taking one small step in recognizing the issue and honouring those lives tragically lost.”

The crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls has garnered national and international attention, Fontaine noted. Advocacy by families and support organizations has led to a national inquiry that will crisscross the country this year.

“Every year on Oct. 4, families and friends of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls hold vigils in honour of their loved ones and seek to concretely build a movement of social change,” Fontaine said. “It’s appropriate we set aside Oct. 4 as an official day of awareness to honour Manitoba’s lost daughters, mothers, sisters, grandmothers, partners and friends.”