Earlier this month was the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada, and Beaver Brae participated in raising awareness for the day.
Ahnika Bruetsch, the Indigenous Graduation Coach at Beaver Brae spoke about what the students did on the day.
“They made 302 red paper dresses. Each one with the name, picture, and age of a missing or murdered woman's name on it, and then lined the walls of Beaver Brae,” she said.
Bruetsch spoke about what the event meant to the school.
“I think that it brought a lot of attention to the issue. It's an issue that hits very close to home in Kenora. Many people know of quite a few women or girls that fall into this category, so it had a very dramatic impact on the students and staff of Beaver Brae,” she said.
The students who made the dresses were part of A Tribe Called Purple, an after school student based group at Beaver Brae.
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