As part of a larger national strategy, the Timmins Police Service is publicly honoring October 4th as the National Day of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
As part of the larger national strategy, the Timmins Police welcome the National Inquiry and its mandate to look into and report on the systemic causes of all forms of violence against Indigenous women and girls, including sexual violence.
There certainly are underlying social, economic, cultural, institutional, and historical causes that contribute to the ongoing violence and particular vulnerabilities of Indigenous women and girls in Canada that merit significant study and scrutiny.
Related and equally important issues such as sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence, bullying and harassment, suicide, and self-harm affecting the Indigenous female population in Canada are a focal point as well.
It is apparent that this type of violence is interconnected and can have devastating effects on local Indigenous women and girls.
With the above in mind, Timmins Police Community Liaison Coordinator, Brenda Beaven has undertaken a project in the front entrance of the Timmins Police station by painting a red dress to inspire awareness in regards to these issues.
Beaven is painting a symbolic “red dress” the emblem and recognized symbol of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
This gesture is meant to raise public awareness and inspire further study into this issue and the causation as well.