Red Dress Day, also known as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two-Spirit People, was first commemorated in 2010 in response to Jaime Black’s REDress Project. This day is for honouring and raising awareness of the thousands of Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people who have been disproportionately subjected to gendered and racialized violence in Canada.
Take some time to explore Safe Passage, a website created by the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) dedicated to ending the ongoing MMIWG2S+ genocide and ensuring the continued safety of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. This community-driven, trauma-informed, and survivor centered initiative tracks cases of MMIWG2S+, provides resources and public education about the MMIWG2S+ genocide, and commemorates and honours stolen loved ones.
NDP MP Leah Gazan of Winnipeg Centre has urgently called on the federal government to act immediately to save Indigenous lives:
- Manitoba MP urges federal government to create ‘Red Dress Alert’ for missing Indigenous women and girls (CBC, February 22, 2023)
- MPs call for national emergency declaration on violence against Indigenous women, girls, two-spirit people (CBC, May 3, 2023)
Community Events in Thunder Bay today:
Beendigen is hosting an Open House / Drop In from 12-3pm.
The exhibit Medicine Lines of Womanhood: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Commemorative Art Project opens at Thunder Bay Art Gallery at 6pm.
Banner Photo: Jaime Black, #REDressProject, Canadian Museum for Human Rights