Noozhek, the Portage Bear Clan and the Portage Community Revitalization Corporation attended North Memorial School Thursday to do presentations on Red Dress Day. 

The presentations were made possible thanks to help from Community Building Youth Futures.

Each session started with a smudge and land acknowledgement and included a moment of silence for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit people (MMIWG2S) in Canada and their families. The history of the Red Dress was shared with the students, explaining it was first observed on May 5th, 2010, and it now happens every year.

Each student learned some safety tips, received a colouring sheet along with a 7 Teachings colouring book, Bear Clan stickers, and an Indigenous Culture Card. The kids were able to look at samples of beading and practiced saying the word "Miigwech" which means "thank you" in Ojibwa.

When asked what they could do for Red Dress Day on May 5th, the students quickly answered "Wear red and place a red dress in your window".

Red Dress Day