REDress Project highlights missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada

Twelve red dresses will be displayed in the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre

The City of Parksville has again been approached by the Parksville-Qualicum Canadian Federation of University Women’s organization to participate in The REDress Project.

The project is intended to be a visual reminder of the more than 1,000 missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada, whose cases remain unsolved. To support this project, 12 red dresses will be displayed in the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre.

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The dresses will be on display from Nov. 26 to Dec. 10 and in other locations throughout Parksville and Qualicum Beach. The REDress display will formally open with a blessing on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 1:30 p.m., in the Atrium, 100 Jensen Ave. West. The public is welcome to attend.

Organized by the Canadian Federation of University Women of Parksville-Qualicum, the displays are based on The REDress Project started by Winnipeg-based artist Jamie Black in 2011.

Black designed the installations to be an aesthetic response to the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women across Canada. The artist’s intent is to draw attention to the gendered and racialized nature of violent crimes against Aboriginal women.

The red dress display will coincide with the period of the UN’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

— NEWS Staff

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