A prayer ceremony held at Inkumupulux (Head of Okanagan Lake) in Syilx territory was one of many events that took place to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and gender-diverse kin across Turtle Island on Wednesday. Photo by Kelsie Kiwana.
In photos: MMIWG+ honoured through red dress events, ceremonies
On the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and gender-diverse kin — also known as Red Dress Day — people in Coast Salish and Okanagan territories came together to remember, honour, and advocate for change.
The haunting sight of red dresses, hung from trees or fences, or the red handprints painted on signs or across faces has become synonymous with grief and pain for all the Indigenous women who have been lost to violence.
The red dress movement can be linked to an exhibition by artist Jaime Black in 2010, but has taken a life of its own over the years, as individuals and communities find creative ways to raise awareness for the thousands of unsolved cases on the gendered and racialized violent crimes against Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, and gender-diverse people.
On Wednesday, May 5, communities across the country came together to mourn, share stories and hold ceremonies during the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls — also known as Red Dress Day.
The heaviness of the day weighed on the hearts of many.
At IndigiNews, our team came together virtually to share and support one another before honouring the day in our own individual ways — we smudged, named names, listened and shared, and then set off to cover events in our own communities, gather with loved ones in support, or work on sharing resources for allies.
From Vancouver Island to Vancouver to the Okanagan, here are some photos from Red Dress Day.