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Victoria Park High School recognizes Red Dress Day

May in the month when Red Dress Day, the National Day of Awareness and Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Gender Diverse people, is recognized.
On Tuesday, May 9, Victoria Park High School recognized this important day, with a goal to raise awareness about the ongoing crisis of violence against Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited people, and to bring commitment to our efforts to change the future.
"Today and every day, we endeavour to remember the people who have lost their lives to gender-based violence, and their families and communities that live daily with the grief of losing loved ones," said Victoria Park principal Cayley King.
Tuesday, students and staff were encouraged to wear red in recognition of the day, as classes reviewed a presentation with their teachers, which outlined the meaning of the day.
A Red Dress Art Walk was hosted in the field, adjacent to the school, as Division staff member, Shawnee Big Bull, joined students and staff to speak to the importance of honouring the day and recognizing what we need to do differently in the future as we move forward with hope.
Students also tied ribbons of hope to the fence around the field and were invited to participate in an optional smudge while outside at the walk.
On Thursday, May 11, students and staff will be invited to participate in the Moose Hide Campaign Day, where the school will share pins of recognition and allyship in the pledge to end violence toward women and children. Students will have the option to visit the conference room to engage in learning events being streamed across the country.