Both Qualicum Beach and Parksville hung red dresses in remembrance of more than 1,000 missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada on Nov. 25.
It’s the third year the Advocacy Committee of the Canadian Federation of University Women Parksville Qualicum have coordinated a Red Dress ceremony. The two blessing ceremonies took place at Qualicum Beach Town Hall and the Parksville Civic Centre.
Officials from CFUWPQ said activism can achieve results and quiet initiatives like this can have an impact, and that a first step is raising awareness in the community.
The REDress Project was started in 2011 by Winnipeg-based artist Jamie Black in response and to draw attention to the missing and murdered Indigenous women epidemic in Canada. For more information, visit www.cfuwpq.ca or www.theredressproject.org.