NEWS file photo The REDress project is meant to be a visual reminder of the more than 1,000 missing and murdered Indigenous women across Canada.

REDress Project in Parksville honours missing and murdered Indigenous women across Canada

Canadian Federation of University Women of Parksville-Qualicum approached city for installation

The City of Parksville will participate in The REDress Project by displaying 12 red dresses in the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre from Nov. 25 to Dec. 10.

Dresses will also be displayed in other locations in the Parksville-Qualicum Beach region.

The city was approached by the Parksville-Qualicum Canadian Federation of University Women’s Organization to participate in the project.

The REDress display will open with a formal blessing on Monday, Nov. 25 at 1:30 p.m., in the Atrium, 100 Jensen Avenue West. The public is welcome to attend.

The red dresses are intended to be a visual reminder of the more than 1,000 missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada, whose cases remain unsolved. 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.

– NEWS Staff, Submitted

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