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May 5: Red Dress Day

Updated: Apr 28, 2023

Red Dress Day is a national day of awareness for murdered and missing indigenous woman, girls and two-spirit people.

The day honours and brings awareness to the thousands of Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people who have been subject to disproportionate violence in Canada.

Red Dress Day was inspired by Métis artist Jaime Black’s REDress Project installation, in which she hung empty, red dresses to represent the missing and murdered women. Learn more on the Canadian Excyclopedia.

New West Youth Services has a lot going on Friday, May 5th during Youth Week. We have our Volleyball Classic tournament, Drop-in Open House in Queensborough, plus Thank a Youth Worker Day. However, we will pause to address and bring awareness to Red Dress Day.

To honour this day, New West Youth Services will be hanging red dresses in the trees outside the Youth Centre in Moody Park. During Youth Week, we will be painting windows red and providing activities for youth to learn about and recognize the significance. During our volleyball tournament event with New West Police and Fire departments, we will take time to recognize the meaning and impact of Red Dress Day.

Please help us to collect red dresses to display. We are holding a donation drive to collect adult sized dresses (no logos please) from April 12 - 27. Dresses can be dropped off at the front desk at Century House. Learn More.

Have questions?

Contact Youth Services Coordinator Silisha Ali:, 604.515.3775.

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