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People are wearing red all across Canada today in support of Nova Scotia

Canadians are coming together today to wear red as a tribute to all those that were killed in the mass shooting in Portapique, Nova Scotia earlier this week. 

Members of the National Police Federation have asked residents to "stand Together while being apart" today, and they're encouraging Canadians to wear red and pause in silence at 2 p.m. Atlantic time to honour those that we've lost. 

"Twenty thousand members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police across Canada are preparing to pay their respects to Constable Heidi Stevenson, who was killed this past weekend while trying to stop the mass murderer in Nova Scotia," they wrote in a news release

"But for the first time, the RCMP will not be able to hold a regimental funeral."

A total of 22 residents of the rural Nova Scotian town were killed this week when a gunman went on a deadly rampage dressed as an RCMP officer. 

The victims we honour today include RCMP officer Heidi Stevenson, who risked her life to save others, as well as a teacher, a pregnant nurse, a 17-year-old girl and others. 

Canadians all across the nation are sharing photos of themselves wearing red on social media as a result, and it's a reminder that we can still support each other from a distance. 

Politicians from all provinces have also spoken up and urged residents to participate. 

While cities as far as Toronto are dimming lights and mourning their memory.  

virtual vigil will also be held to honour the memory of the victims at 7 p.m. tonight.

Lead photo by

Jennifer Zadravec

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