Sunday marks Red Dress Day  

Photo: Last year, Espanola HIgh School set up this striking display at its main entrance to acknowledge REDress Day. The Public is encouraged to wear red this Sunday in memory of missing and murdered Indigenous members, or to hand a red dress outside their home or business. Photo by Jayson Stewart.

By Rosalind Russell – Communities across Canada including those on the North Shore Corridor and the Manitoulin Island will mark Red Dress Day this weekend. 

This Sunday, First Nation communities will mark the day, which is also known as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two-Spirit People.  

Red Dress Day was inspired by Métis artist Jaime Black’s REDress Project installation, in which she hung empty, red dresses to represent the missing and murdered women.  

Wiikwemikoong Unceded Territory will host a community gathering with a Sunrise Ceremony, and a community walk followed by a social gathering and potluck dinner. 

Toby Pickering of Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation says the Child & Youth Program and the Mental Health and Addictions Team are collaborating to host a gathering from 10 am until 2 pm.  

She says the gathering will take place at their Multi-Educational Centre with keynote speakers from the Manitoulin Victim Services, followed by a luncheon. 

The public is encouraged to either hang or wear a red dress to honour the day. 

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