May 5 is Red Dress Day: a day which honours the spirits of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit people (MMIWG2S+). The red dresses act as a visual reminder of all of the missing women, girls, and Two-Spirit people.
Jaime Black, a Métis artist, was the driving force behind the Red Dress movement. Her REDress art installation inspired a grassroots movement across North America that has evolved into Red Dress Day — a visual symbol of the grief and loss suffered by victims’ families and survivors, bringing awareness to the genocidal crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous women.
Black chose the colour red after conversations with an Indigenous friend who told her red is the only colour the spirits can see. “So (red) is really a calling back of the spirits of these women and allowing them a chance to be among us and have their voices heard through their family members and community.”
A red dress has been hung on a tree in the front garden of the church - take a look and reflect on what you can do to support indigenous women and children.