Watch Amanda Rheaume’s video for Red Dress.

Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizen and award-winning artist Amanda Rheaume announced that proceeds for Red Dress, the first song released from her upcoming album Holding Patterns, will be donated to the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) in honour of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG).

Rheaume announced the song’s release on Canada AM on Tuesday, March 29.

On her Facebook page, Rheaume posted: “I am SO honoured and excited to release the first song off the new album, Red Dress. This song is meant to honour the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada #MMIWG. My dear friend and incredible artist Chantal Kreviazuk lent her voice to the song and the cause and I couldn’t be more excited.”

The NWAC works on advancing the well-being of Aboriginal women and girls, their families and communities through activism, policy analysis and advocacy. The association represents and speaks on behalf of Aboriginal women in Canada at the national level. It addresses many concerns, including violence with a special focus on missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.

Holding Patterns, Rheaume’s new album, is scheduled to be released on May 6, 2016. In a previous interview, Rheaume shared that the album would hold 10 or 11 new songs. On May 5, she will be performing an Album Launch Party on the 4th Stage of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Tickets for the Album Launch Party are available through Ticketmaster.

Published on: March 30, 2016