Red Dress Day

May 5 marks the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit people (MMIWG2S) in Canada. Also known as Red Dress Day. This day began as “an aesthetic response to more than 1000 missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada” by Jaime Black

The red dresses act as a visual reminder of all of the missing women, girls, and Two-Spirit people.

The legacies of residential schools, the 60s scoop, and ongoing colonization including resource theft and socio-economic conditions like poverty, sexism, racism, and discrimination often fall the hardest on women and gender diverse people.

We must move forward to end the violence against MMIWG2S+.

The day is about building awareness of this ongoing harm and honouring those we have lost and their families. You can mark the day by:

  • Wearing red and posting it to social media. Use hashtags such as: #MMIWG, #MMIWG2S, #RedDressDay, #WhyWeWearRed, and #NoMoreStolenSisters
  • Hang a red dress in your window or your yard.

Please click the banner below to see how AFCS commemorated Red Dress Day 2022, through the Centre for Indigenous Women, Two Spirit and Gender Diversity: