RED DRESS DAY – May 5th
Beginning in 2006, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) with the Anglican and United Church, organized vigils across Canada for family members, Indigenous members of the community and concerned citizens to honour the memory of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two spirited people and to seek justice for them. We do this during the week of May
5th to observe Red Dress Day, a day to raise awareness and educate about MMIWG2S.
Why a Red Dress?
It began with Métis artist Jaime Black’s REDress Project, a public art installation. 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. The dresses are empty, so that they evoke the missing women who should be wearing them.
Moose Hide Campaign Day – May 11th
Started along Canada’s infamous Highway of Tears, the Moose Hide Campaign is an Indigenous-led grassroots movement of men, boys and all Canadians who are standing up against violence towards women, girls, and 2S people. By wearing a moose hide pin and participating in Moose Hide Campaign Day, millions of Canadians are making meaningful progress towards reconciliation and the creation of a country where violence against women and children is no longer allowed to flourish in the shadows. Indigenous Ministries and Justice urges individuals and communities of faith to participate in Moose Hide Campaign Day.