Raymond Sewell, Mi’kmaq and Indigenous Student Advisor at Saint Mary’s, is inviting faculty and staff to donate red dresses in solidarity for Indigenous women.
For the second year in a row, Sewell is organizing Red Dress Day at Saint Mary’s. On Friday, October 19, red dresses will be hung in various locations across campus as a reminder of the staggering number of missing and murdered Indigenous girls and women in Canada.
“It’s a sad and solemn day for the Indigenous community. We all know someone who has been affected,” says Sewell.
The powerful display garnered media attention and was well-received by the Saint Mary’s community last year. Sewell hopes this year’s Red Dress Day will help raise even more awareness and spur dialogue.
The Red Dress Project was started by Winnepeg-based Metis artist Jaime Black, in response to the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit. It collects red dresses from the community and hangs them in public spaces as a visual reminder of the women who are no longer present.
If you have a red dress to donate, please drop it off by Monday, October 15, to Raymond Sewell in Burke 113. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.