On Thursday, May 5, the Lower Nicola Indian Band will be hosting a walk in honor of the MMIWG2S National Awareness Day.

The walk will take place from Shulus Hall to Shulus Arbor and will be in honor of the murdered and missing Indigenous women, girls, and two spirt. MMIWG2S has been an ongoing issue that the Indigenous community have been facing in Canada.

“We want to show support and awareness for the MMIWG2S,” said Carole Basil, organizer of the LNIB Red Dress Walk.

“There’s been numerous MMIWG2S in our community and it’s very heartbreaking.”

Basil shares how LNIB decided to organize a Red Dress walk.

“I became aware of the Red Dress movement around 2017,” said Basil.

“I’ve always wanted to show support and we were planning something for 2019 but COVID came so we weren’t able to do anything.”

LNIB hosted a similar event back in March 15. This was the band’s first organized Red Dress walk and dozens of people walked to Shulus Arbor dressed in red. Red is the color that symbolizes the MMIWG2S movement.

“We didn’t have a lot of time to plan it,” Basil explained the March 15 walk.

“There were still restrictions but we still had really good support and had about 65 people in attendance. ”

The band has invited other organizations to join in the walk, such as; Scwexmx Child and Family Services, NVIT, Merritt Secondary School, and Nlaka’pamux Health Services.

Participants are set to meet up at Shulus Hall at 10:30 am on May 5. People are once again encouraged to wear red in honor of the movement.

“We want to show support and awareness for the MMIWG2S,” said Basil.

“There’s been numerous MMIWG2S in our community and it’s very heartbreaking.”

Once the people have made it to the Arbor, There will be a program taking place which includes prayer, hand drumming, guest speakers, songs, and dance.

For more information please contact Carole Basil at (250) 315-9158.