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U of Saskatchewan REDress Project Brings Awareness of Missing Indigenous Women

24 OCT 2014
Career Path : Education News


If you’re walking around the U of Saskatchewan campus this fall, you’ll find yourself faced with an ominous sight of red dresses hanging in windows, from ceilings and outside from trees. The installation is part of the REDress Project, “an aesthetic response to more than 1000 missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada”.

REDress was started by emerging Metis artist Jaime Black in response to the RCMP’s report that there have been more than 1000 missing, possibly murdered indigenous women since 1980. Although indigenous women only make up 4% of the Canadian population, they make up 16% of all murdered females in the country. As of now, many indigenous groups are calling for a public inquiry.

The project aims to collect 600 red dresses donated by the community, to be installed in public places across the country as a reminder of these missing women. While setting up on the U of Saskatchewan campus, Jaime was happy to find people were asking questions about the project. She says that the art installation is about an issue which affects campuses as well. Universities must commit to anti-racist measures and challenge indigenous stereotypes through their teaching.

“It’s amazing how powerful it is to see these dresses just hanging there, and when you walk by them it feels like you are walking by someone but no one is in them.”

Source: University Affairs