Commemorating murdered and missing Indigenous women this Red Dress Day

By Mina Kerr-Lazenby Local Journalism Initiative Reporter It’s been 14 years since Canadian Métis artist Jaime Black hung red dresses in public spaces, raising awareness of the staggering number of Indigenous women missing and murdered across the country. The striking exhibition has since transformed into a full-fledged movement, with an annual event each year that provokes thought and honour from the public. Red Dress Day has ballooned in scale, but its message still remains as clear as it did that spring of 2010. “Red Dress Day is about raising awareness and recognition of violence against women, and honouring those who didn’t have a voice back then,” said səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation) elected councillor Charlene Aleck. “It is an important day, but for First Nations communities it is especially significant because it…

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