Red dress

SUDBURY – October 4 marked 'Sisters in Spirit', a day to remember Indigenous women and girls who've been murdered or gone missing.

Vigils took place across Canada, and in Sudbury, people gathered at city hall for an event.

Organizers say the event is not only for remembering loved ones, but it is also about continuing the conversation.

"It's a continuing work that needs to be done. When I started doing work within the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women, you realize how big it is, and that the root causes didn't start 10-20 years ago. You're talking about things that oppressed Indigenous people for a number of years. It needs to be continuously addressed," said Constable Shannon Agowissa, Greater Sudbury Police Service.

People in attendance gathered to form the shape of a red dress.

"The symbol of it is when you see the red dress hanging, it's a symbol of the woman that's not there anymore, so that's why you'll see many of them hung at different times of the year," said Agowissa.

Brian Bigger, Sudbury's Mayor, has also recognized October 4 as 'Sisters in Spirit' day.

"It's very important to our community. When people speak about murdered and missing Indigenous women, these could be women from all walks of life really. They could be your aunt, mother, sister, your cousin, and so it just brings home how close we all are, and so it's in support of women but also men and those who have come to a tragic end," said Bigger.

Organizers say this day is to honour not only the women and girls, but also men, boys, and all gender diverse people, as well as all their family members who struggle each and every day.