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Overview

Red Dress Day honours the memories of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls across Canada. Métis artist Jaime Black helped inspire the red dress movement, where red dresses are hung from windows and trees to represent the pain and loss felt by loved ones and survivors.

History

Originally starting as the REDdress art installation, Red Dress Day became a grassroots movement across North America. The project was made up of 600 community-donated red dresses, which were later placed in public spaces throughout Winnipeg and across Canada.

The artist chose the colour red after speaking with an Indigenous friend who told her that is the only colour spirits can see. Red dresses are used to call the spirits of missing and murdered women and girls back to their loved ones. The goal was to speak to the gendered and racialized nature of violent crimes against Indigenous women and to evoke a presence by marking absence.

2022 events

  • Cochrane

    Red Dress Day Candlelight Vigil

    Date: May 5, 2022

    Time: 8 pm

    Event location: St. Andrew’s United Church, 128 1st St. E., beginning with a short walk from the “Chicken Lady” in the heart of the Historic Downtown district.

    Description: This event includes a formal agenda and an opportunity for loved ones of those who have been missing or murdered to share their stories.

  • Drumheller

    Red Dress Day Event

    Date: May 5, 2022

    Time: 5:30 pm

    Event location: Angels Corner (across from the fountain)

    Description: Big Country Anti-violence Association invites community members and local businesses to hang a red dress in honour of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people.

  • Edmonton

    Red Dress Day March

    Date: May 5, 2022

    Time: 10 am

    Event location: Churchill Square (9930-102 Avenue NW)

    Description: The event begins with a march from Churchill Square to Beaver Hills Park on Jasper Ave and 105 Street. There will be open microphone sessions, gifts, food hampers, drumming, and bannock and tea. Please wear red or your regalia.

  • Medicine Hat

    Red Dress Awareness Day

    Date: May 7, 2022

    Time: 1 pm

    Event location: Kim Coulee band-shell

    Description: The Mywasin Friendship Centre will honour those who are missing and murdered, and will share aspects of Indigenous culture featuring several Indigenous speakers and music from Sorrel Rider Drummers and Miywasin singers. Food trucks will be on-site.

  • Peace River

    Red Dress National Awareness Day

    Date: May 5, 2022

    Time: 4:30 pm

    Event location: Peace River Museum to Riverfront Park (Walk); Riverfront Park at 97 street and 100 Ave (Memorial Service)

    Description: Peace River’s Aboriginal Interagency Committee is hosting an outdoor vigil and walk. Hand drummers are welcome and attendees are asked to wear red.

  • Ponoka

    Red Dress Day Event

    Date: May 5, 2022

    Time: 1 pm

    Event location: Lions Centennial Park

    Description: Hosted by community partners, there will be an opening prayer, land acknowledgement, drumming and an Elder teaching, and honour song by singer and dancer, Bree Harris. Speakers, Elders and a Knowledge Keeper will be part of the program. There will be a short theatre piece and everyone will be invited to tie a piece of red fabric to the fence along Highway 2A, which will remain for a week or more. The event will be completed with bannock and berries for all to enjoy.

  • Red Deer

    Red Deer memorial event

    Date: May 5, 2022

    Time: 8 am

    Event location: Red Deer City Hall Park

    Description: Red dresses will be hung around Red Deer to mark the National Day of Awareness and Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Opening ceremonies include prayers, an honour song and fiddling. There will be a walk with Red Feather Women to the Red Deer Museum, a presentation by the president of Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak and a potluck lunch at the museum.

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