In 2015, Walking With Our Sisters – K’omoks opened its door to the community to experience a travelling memorial art installation honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Through the combined efforts of The IHOS Gallery, The Transition Society, and the Kumugwe Cultural Society, and with support from municipalities, organizations and businesses, over 5000 guests visited the installation on the traditional unceded territory of the K’omoks First Nation.
In 2016 the same organizers came together and created The Red Dress Awareness Campaign & Installation which seeks to recognize and inform the public about the increasingly high numbers of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, both in Canada and the USA. This project was inspired by The REDress Project, which was started in 2010 by Métis artist Jamie Black; The REDress Project currently resides in the Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg, Manitoba. We continue to honour and remember those women and girls today.
If you would like to show your support, it’s as simple as hanging a red dress in your front yard, place of business or storefront. Our vision and hope are to have communities across Canada plan events around the first week of October.
For more information, please contact Lee Everson at (205) 702-6740.
Community members have started the Lil’ Red Dress Project, a group of volunteers who have created stunning beaded red dress pins and earrings for purchase. Click below for more information and where to find them locally.
We encourage you to hang a red dress and share this information with friends, family, co-workers, and within your community.