May 5 is National Red Dress Day in Canada, in order to draw attention to more than 1200 missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, men, and two-spirit people (MMIWG2S+).
Emmanuel United Church will participate in the REDress Project* by hanging red dresses and a shirt in the trees outside of the church building along Smyth Road. The installation is intended to draw the eye of those passing by and introducing them to the on-going plight of the MMIWG2S+ people and their communities.
The Red Dress installation will be blessed by Anishinaabeg elder, Barbara Dumont-Hill, in keeping with the significance that the installation is a solemn memorial to those whose lives were lost, and in support of grieving families still waiting for justice.
Canadians are encouraged to wear red on May 5th in tribute to the thousands of Indigenous people still being victimized, murdered or missing in our society. Please note, the formal blessing of the installation might be adjusted to be later than May 5th due to COVID safety measures and in compliance with pandemic guidelines.
*started by Métis artist Jaime Black in 2010