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Image: Courtesy of Patty Musgrave-Quinn

May 5 is Red Dress Day

By Tara Clow May 3, 2024 | 6:55 AM

Cutouts of red dresses are being hung across the country for Red Dress Day on Sunday.

Patty Musgrave-Quinn says it honours missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ peoples, and invites solidarity and action.

“Missing and murdered indigenous women and girls is a form of genocide and there has been enough genocide in this country. We have to stand up for one another.”

Red Dress Day was created in 2010 by Canadian M├ętis artist Jaime Black as a visual reminder.

“Women’s groups across the country, whether they are Indigenous, no matter what affiliation they have, they need to step up and understand that Red Dress Day is a day to call attention,” Musgrave-Quinn adds.

According to Amnesty International, Indigenous women currently make up 16 per cent of all femicide victims and 11 per cent of all missing women. Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ peoples are also 6 times more likely to be murdered than their non-Indigenous counterparts.