National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
"We’re Going Missing” Red Dress Exhibit May 1 to 19, 2023
The exhibit includes a path of 21 red dresses, hung on wardrobe racks and bearing the stories of 12 victims, as a symbolic representation of the all too many Indigenous women and girls in Canada harmed by violence.
Friday, May 5, Noon to 12:30 pm
Hamilton Public Library
Also known as Red Dress Day, May 5 is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2S+) and is a time that we honour and remember the lives of the thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people across Canada.
This 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. Red dresses have become symbolic of the crisis as a result of her installation.
Across the City of Hamilton, we strongly condemn gender and racially-motivated violence. Today and every day, it is important that we continue to bring awareness and respond to the ongoing issue across Canada of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and LGBTQ2S+ and recognize that many national issues such as this also impact people locally.