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May 5 is Red Dress Day

By Emily Carr University

Posted on May 02, 2024 | Updated May 03, 2024, 2:43pm

Filed in Faculty, Staff, Students

Red Dress Pins Owen Nepoose
Daina Warren

The Red Dress pins at the reception desk earlier this week were designed by artist Owen Napoose. Owen is a self-taught artist from Maskwacis, AB. and moved with his wife and two children to the Secwepemcu'luw in early Fall 2013. Owen is also a painter and creates work on large-size canvases, as well as custom paint pieces on clothing and shoes.

May 5 marks National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two-Spirit People, also known as Red Dress Day.

This day prompts us to remember and honour those who never made it home — the mothers, aunts, cousins, friends, and family. Red Dress Day serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing atrocities faced by Indigenous communities, particularly those targeting Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse individuals.

Emily Carr University has compiled a list of resources to support your learning journey. Join us in initiatives like wearing red on May 5 and participating in events to deepen understanding.

What is the National Day of Awareness for MMIWG2S?
What is the significance of the red dress?
Resources to Grow Your Understanding
Supports for Indigenous Community Members
Supports for Community