A candle ceremony for Red Dress Day was held at the Town of Qualicum Beach municipal hall on Nov. 25. (Submitted photo)

A candle ceremony for Red Dress Day was held at the Town of Qualicum Beach municipal hall on Nov. 25. (Submitted photo)

Qualicum Beach honoured to be part of Red Dress Day ceremony

Event organized by Canadian Federation of University Women Parksville-Qualicum

The Town of Qualicum Beach was honoured to be part of a candle ceremony for Red Dress Day on Nov. 25.

The event was organized by Canadian Federation of University Women Parksville-Qualicum.

Red Dress Day honours missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, two spirited and men. It is also a day that highlights the 231 Calls for Justice from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Girls (2019).

The dresses on display in the Town Hall foyer are empty to evoke the missing women who should be wearing them. Read more at www.theredressproject.org

READ MORE: Council approves display of red dresses in Qualicum Beach town hall

Officials who atteded the event included: Mayor Teunis Westbroek and town councillors Anne Skipsey, Petronella Vander Valk and Jean Young; Qualicum First Nation elder Bill Recalma; Minister of St. Ann’s and St. Edmund’s Anglican Church Andrew Twitty;Betty Price, Robin Robinson, Erin Holmes, Eva Hilborn and Mary Ellen Campbell of the Canadian Federation of University Women Parksville-Qualicum.

— NEWS Staff

Michael.Briones@pqbnews.com

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