Timmins is honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) with several activities this week.
The National Day of Action for MMIWG is marked annually on Oct. 4.
Today, the Timmins Native Friendship Centre staff and students painted a large canvas, which will be hung outside of the centre for the week.
The centre is hosting several in-person and virtual events this week for MMIWG.
To raise public awareness, Timmins Police community liaison co-ordinator Brenda Beaven painted a red dress with a message from the service on the window at the station early Monday morning.
A red dress represents missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The painting will be left on display for the week.
"As part of the larger national strategy, the Timmins Police welcome the National Inquiry and its mandate to look into and report on the systemic causes of all forms of violence against Indigenous women and girls, including sexual violence,” reads a statement from TPS.
“There certainly are underlying social, economic, cultural, institutional, and historical causes that contribute to the ongoing violence and particular vulnerabilities of Indigenous women and girls in Canada that merit significant study and scrutiny.”
Dariya Baiguzhiyeva, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, TimminsToday.com