Ottawa Inuit call for end to violence at Red Dress Day vigil 

By Jeff Pelletier  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The message was clear Friday when members of Ottawa’s Inuit community gathered to mark the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit people: The violence must end. At least 60 people assembled at Annie Pootoogook Park in Ottawa’s Sandy Hill neighbourhood for an afternoon vigil to mark what is more commonly referred to as Red Dress Day. The event was organized by Tungasuvvingat Inuit, and it featured political speakers, drumming and throat singing. Mikka Komaksiutiksak, an organizer of TI’s Arsaniq safe space program for 2SLGBTQIA+ Inuit in Ottawa, echoed what MPs said this week, calling violence against Indigenous women and girls an epidemic that needs to be stopped. “We come here to honour those people in our…

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