May 5, 2023 is Red Dress Day

On May 5, we mark National Day of Awareness and Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People to remember and honour those who have been taken as a result of gender-based and racialized violence in Canada.

As acknowledged in the Government of Canada’s final report from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, there are disproportionately high levels of violence faced by Indigenous women and girls, and systemic injustices have contributed to this crisis that has devastated Indigenous communities across the country.

This day is also often referred to as Red Dress Day, named after the art installation by Métis artist Jaime Black who, in 2010, hung hundreds of red dresses to represent the crises of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. Hanging red dresses is now a practice across Canada to continue to raise awareness for this crisis.

To mark Red Dress Day 2023, the physical therapy community and staff at CPTBC are encouraged to wear red as a symbol of their commitment to action in eliminating gender-based violence.

About the photo: qathet Regional District, BC. HWY 101, National Day of Remembrance, in honour of the missing and murdered indigenous women, girls, men and two-spirited. For editorial purposes only.