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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.


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.

2023 events

  • Calgary

    3rd Annual Mohkinstis MMEIP Red Ribbon/Dress/Shirt Day

    Date: May 5, 2023

    Time: 5 pm to 8 pm

    Event location: 200 Memorial Dr. NW, Calgary

  • Drumheller

    Red Dress Day

    Date: May 5, 2023

    Time: 5 pm

    Event location: Downtown Plaza 1 Street West, Drumheller

  • Edmonton

    Red Dress Day

    Date: May 5, 2023

    Time: 10 am to 5 pm

    Event location: Beaver Hills House Park, Edmonton

    Host: Beaver Clan Patrol

    National Red Dress Day

    Date: May 5, 2023

    Time: 10 am

    Event location: Churchill Square, Edmonton

    Description: March to Beaver Hills House Park on 105 Street – Jasper Avenue

  • Fort McMurray

    Red Dress Day – Athabasca Tribal Council

    Date: May 5, 2023

    Time: 8 am to 4 pm

    Event location: Borealis Park, Forth McMurray

    Description: Solidarity Walk/Support/Healing

  • Hinton

    MMIWG – Red Dress Awareness Walk

    Date: May 5, 2023

    Time: 11 am

    Event location: Community Centre, Hinton

  • Peace River

    Red Dress Day – National MMIWG2S Awareness Day

    Date: May 5, 2023

    Time: 4 pm

    Event location: Al ‘Boomer’ Adair Rec Centre, 9702 98 St, Peace River

  • Red Deer

    Red Dress Day

    Date: May 5, 2023

    Time: 9 am to 12 pm

    Event location: Red Deer City Hall

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