City Recognizes National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People in Canada

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2023-06

PITT MEADOWS, BC – The City of Pitt Meadows will recognize the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit (MMIWG2S) people in Canada, also known as Red Dress Day, with a ceremony in šxʷhék̓ʷnəs (Spirit Square) on Friday, May 5.

“Red dresses have been hung up throughout šxʷhék̓ʷnəs (Spirit Square) as a powerful reminder of the more than 1000 missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people in Canada,” says Mayor Nicole MacDonald. “We honour and recognize the many lives that have been lost at the hands of violence.”

The REDress Project began in 2010, after Métis artist Jaime Black displayed an installation of a series of empty red dresses to honour and symbolize the staggering number of Indigenous women who are no longer with us.

Red is worn on this day to bring awareness to the missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people in Canada.

”We are grateful to be joined on May 5 by members of q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie) First Nation, who will sing a Women’s Warrior Song, and Fraser River Indigenous Society (FRIS), who will be performing smudging,” says Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture Diane Chamberlain. “The ceremony will also include a traditional dance from the Squamish Nation Veterans Jr Powwow Princess, Sariah, from the Squamish and Stolo Nation and two songs by Saquilty from Sts’ailes First Nation with Sasquatch dancers, Harmony and Addy.”

The May 5 ceremony will take place from 1-2pm in šxʷhék̓ʷnəs (Spirit Square).

For more information about artist Jamie Black’s REDress Project, visit jaimeblackartist.com.

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For more information please contact:
Carolyn Baldridge
Manager of Communications & Community Engagement
City of Pitt Meadows
cbaldridge@pittmeadows.ca