The Red Dress campaign is returning to the Comox Valley this month.
The Red Dress Awareness Campaign seeks to recognize and inform the public about the increasingly high numbers of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls throughout Canada. The REDress Project was started in 2010 by Metis artist Jamie Black to raise awareness about the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada.
The campaign and installation are hosted by the Kumugwe Cultural Society, The IHOS Gallery and The Transition Society with support from many organizations and businesses.
This is the third year the installation will be in the Comox Valley.
“It’s not just an Indigenous issue; all Canadians need to better understand the violence against Indigenous women,” explained organizer Lee Everson.
“Our hope and vision are that other communities across B.C. and Canada hang a red dress and raise awareness.”
By hanging a red dress, organizers hope all Canadians will become part of the conversation about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
If you would like to show your support it’s as simple as hanging a red dress in a front yard or place of business or storefront. Organizers encourage everyone to share this information with friends, family, co-workers and within your community and hang a red dress.
For more information contact Lee Everson at 250-702-6740.