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Family, friends, loved ones gather to honour MMIWG across Canada

First Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Honouring and Awareness Day held Oct. 4

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October 04, 2017

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Photographs of missing women on the ledge in the Manitoba Legislative Building rotunda Wednesday. About 200 people gathered to honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls for the inaugural day. (Paul Wildinette/CBC)
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Salina Kemp hung red dresses around Saint Mary's University to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Halifax October 4, 2017 (Nic Meloney/CBC)
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"Today, there are roughly 4,000 missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in Canada. It's important to get the message across to let people know and educate them so they are aware of this crisis," said Ashley Nash, co-chair of the Wolastoqiyik Sisters in Spirit planning committee. (Maria Jose Burgos/CBC)
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Red dresses are draped in trees in Vancouver's Seaforth Peace Park as part of the National Day of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Wednesday. (CBC)
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People gather inside the Manitoba Legislative Building's rotunda Wednesday. About 200 people gathered to honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls for the inaugural day. (Paul Wildinette/CBC)
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Before the Sisters in Spirit march in Yellowknife Wednesday, people stood for a minute of silence for MMIWG. The inaugural Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Honour and Awareness Day was held on Oct. 4. (Marc Winkler/CBC)
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N'Swakamok Native Friendship Centre and Greater Sudbury Police led a march through downtown Sudbury, as well as a drum circle in Memorial Park in honour of MMIWG. Dozens gathered to honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls for the inaugural day. (Robin De Angelis/CBC)
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Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde marked the inaugural Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls day in Ottawa. (Perry Bellegarde/Submitted)
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People march in Calgary Wednesday for the inaugural Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls day. They started at Stephen Avenue Mall and 3rd Street S.W. (Geneviève Normand/Radio-Canada/CBC)
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About 150 people joined the march in Calgary, which was hosted by the Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society. (Scott Dippel/CBC)
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The Calgary march ended with a vigil and ceremony in Olympic Plaza. (Scott Dippel/CBC)

The first Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Honouring and Awareness Day was held on Oct. 4, and groups gathered across Canada to remember those who are gone.

The day, which was declared in Manitoba in May 2017 and honoured in other provinces, saw family, friends, loved ones and supporters gather in groups across the country to march and pray together. 

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