The Women’s Resource Center held their annual Women’s Memorial March and Red Dress Project last evening. Special guest at the event was Metis artist Jaime Black from Winnipeg who originated the Red Dress Project. She explained she really wanted to use her art work to support families and women so she thought of the Red Dress Project as a way of having the public really kind of confronted with women facing higher rates of violence and so the empty red dresses are put in public spaces so that people are asking questions and wondering what those dresses are there for and they often serve as a way to educate the public around the state of violence that Indigenous women are facing.
Black says she was overwhelmed by how people got together to put on events in the schools and community showing support for missing and murdered Indigenous women and their families.
Marchers made their way from Pioneer Square down Main Street which was lined with red dresses and back to the Community Hall for singing, drumming and messages of support for the event.