Ribbon Skirt day a reminder there’s much work to be done

By Dave Baxter  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Drums, dancers and ribbon skirts filled a Winnipeg shopping mall on Thursday, as Manitoba and all of Canada celebrated National Ribbon Skirt Day. In December of 2022, Royal Assent was given to Bill S-219, an act first introduced by Manitoba Senator Mary Jane McCallum to officially recognize Jan. 4 as National Ribbon Skirt Day across Canada. The bill’s passing came after reports of an incident back in 2021 where Isabella Kulak, an Indigenous youth living in Saskatchewan, said she was shamed by a teacher’s assistant at her school for wearing a traditional Indigenous ribbon skirt during a formal school event and made to feel the skirt was not appropriate for the event or its dress code. To celebrate Ribbon Skirt Day in Winnipeg…

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