May 5 is Red Dress Day
May 4, 2021
To: All MoveUP Members
May 5 is Red Dress Day, a day where people from all backgrounds are encouraged to wear red to raise awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
The history of Red Dress Day can be traced back to the REDress Project, an art series by multidisciplinary artist Jaime Black, who is of mixed Anishinaabe and Finnish descent.
The purpose of the project is to highlight the epidemic of violence against Indigenous women, with each red dress symbolizing an Indigenous woman who has been murdered or is missing.
You can learn more about The REDress Project here.
You can learn more about artist Jamie Black here.
This Wednesday, May 5, we encourage you to wear red and to reflect on the 231 individual calls for justice from the final report of the national inquiry into the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
The Pacific Association of First Nations Women, together with WAVAW and the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre Society, will be holding a Red Dress Gathering at Vancouver City Hall from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on May 5. Two-spirit, trans and non-binary people are invited to join. If you join in person, please practice social distancing and wear a mask. You can also watch the event online here.
Social media hashtags to use: #MMIWG2S #MMIWG #MMIW #NationalDayofAwareness #NoMoreStolenSisters
Christy Slusarenko & Gunter Seifert
Co-chairs, Human Rights & Multicultural Committee