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Red Dress Day, May 5th
The REDress Project by Jaime Black is a public art installation that was created in response to the missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW) epidemic in Canada and in the United States. The on-going project began in 2010 and the color red was chosen as indigenous believe red is the only color the spirits can see. The dresses are empty, so they evoke the missing women who should be wearing them. Watch this powerful short video from the Ontario Provincial Police.
This is a human rights crisis of gender-based and racialized violence. In Canada, 4,000 Indigenous women, girls and members of the 2SLGBTQQIA (two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual) have gone missing or were murdered between 1980 and 2012. The Final Report from the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, released 2019, concluded that the staggering rates of violence against Indigenous women and girls amounts to race-based genocide.
In 2021, Wisconsin Attorney General, Josh Kaul created a MMIW Task Force to study the problem as he believes jurisdictional issues, human trafficking and drugs may play a role in the issue. Read more here and see how other states are addressing violence against Indigenous women and girls.
Raise Awareness! You may also be interested in showing support by attending events such as Wisconsin’s 2nd Annual “Wrap the Capitol Red” Day on Friday, May 5th, 12-2 pm.