Friday afternoon saw the community of Long Plain come together to go on a walk in hopes of raising awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People.

As of 2020, Statistics Canada reports that the murder rate for Indigenous women compared with non-Indigenous women in the country was more than five times higher.

Lydia Daniels participated in the walk and says Red Dress Day is always emotional.

"I feel overwhelmed, and I know there's a lot of support here from my community of Long Plain, and it's good to have the kids here because it's important to know that these issues that face indigenous people are important."

Mary Starr, sister of  Jennifer Catcheway, a woman who has been missing since June 19th, 2008, was also taking part in the walk and explains that this day means a lot to her family.

"Next month, it will be 15 years that my parents and our family have been missing her, and they have been searching every year for my sister with no avail."

Starr notes that it is nice to know her sister isn't forgotten, and she appreciates Long Plain's support for her missing sister.

The walk began at noon at the Arrowhead Portage Gas Station and concluded at the community's spirit lodge.

Red Dress Day was first observed in 2010 and only continues to grow with support yearly.