May 5th marks the National Day of Awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
"This day began as “an aesthetic response to more than 1000 missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada” by Jaime Black (Métis). It started in 2010, and also includes Trans and Two-Spirit individuals who have gone missing or have been murdered. The red dresses act as a visual reminder all of the missing women, girls, and Two-Spirit people. This year, the REDress Project is in downtown Nelson, British Columbia, but pop-ups can also occur across the country.
We encourage you to wear red if you can to raise awareness about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit people. Here are some books in our collection where you can learn more about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit people. If an author is Indigenous, their nation will be included as a bracket next to their name." From Toronto Public Library Website.
(Red Dresses beaded by Sophia Wuttunee, Photo taken by Kathy Centrone).