IWD Marks National Day of Action to Search the Landfills

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IWD Marks National Day of Action to Search the Landfills

March 8, 2024

“TODAY … MARKS A NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION TO SEARCH THE LANDFILLS, a painful reminder that Indigenous women continue to be dehumanized, devalued, and discarded.”

Melissa Moses, the Women’s Representative at the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), made the above statement for International Women’s Day, March 8, 2024. A UBCIC news release highlights that IWD and National Day of Action to Search the Landfill events are taking place today in Winnipeg, Duncan, Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, and Ottawa.

In 2023, September 18 was declared International Day of Action to Search the Landfills, with a sit-in on Parliament Hill and gatherings in cities across Canada, as a call to search landfills in Manitoba for the remains of numerous Indigenous women who are loved and missed by their families and friends.

May 5 is Red Dress Day, or National Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People Day.

And October 4 is Sisters in Spirit Day, or the National Day of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).

Read the reports of the National Inquiry into MMIWG here.

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We acknowledge that the land on which we work is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.