Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Red Dress Project

There are some 600 missing and murdered women in Canada.

Oh wait. Six hundred missing and murdered First Nations and Metis women. Their numbers are by far the highest, when it comes to counting up missing and murdered women in this country.

It's hard to believe, when you don't know any of them or their families personally. It's all too easy to think "These things don't happen to me or the women I know." Consider yourself fortunate, then, that you haven't lost a friend or a sister this way, or your mother or daughter.

The Red Dress Project attempts to make the public aware of the extremely high incidence of violence against Aboriginal women here. The artist collects donated red dresses and hangs them in public places.

Right now the project is at the University of Regina.

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  1. Hi, K,
    I was reading the articles in the website you have offered. The writing is very good and the points that are being made are true. One of the main points is that Harper throwing his former colleagues, like Wallin and Duffy, under the bus to advance his own ambition is typical of the ruthless behaviour that has been shown towards our first nations people for a long time.

    I really think something has to be done about the missing women. The Canadian government is making us all look bad.

    1. One of the main things is to let our MPs know that we are concerned. I write them letters or leave messages on their phones frequently. The decision to do nothing about this is a decision on some levels. When those who make decisions learn that some of the public is noticing and not liking it, they start to wonder how many more votes they could get from a certain part of the population and try to figure out if it's worth it. i.e. it could help them win an election. Avaaz is a good site for petitions and putting pressure on government.


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