The Red Dress Project will take over the streets of Merritt, Sunday, July 21 to Friday, July 26 and encourages residents to place red dresses in public places to symbolize the life of a missing or murdered Indigenous woman.
Ingrid Roughead, Communications and Events Officer with NVIT, is spearheading the initiative and hopes that residents will get involved.
“The Red Dress Project is a public art commemoration of the Indigenous women known to be missing and murdered," said Roughead. "I hope that we can fill Voght St. and Nicola Ave. with red dresses in commemoration of missing and murdered women and connect that with our Stronger Together campaign which asks consent from everyone in our communities.”
Roughead explained that the Stronger Together campaign has helped create a safe place at the NVIT campus.
"Stronger Together consists of workshops and raises awareness about sexual violence and advocated for safe and positive spaces through consent workshops, hosting a sexual violence awareness week campus-wide and installing that rainbow crosswalk at the Merritt campus of NVIT,” said Roughead. “It ties in quite well with the red dress project which is more Canada wide.”
Roughead noted that the project is still looking for more dresses and for stories that can be shared relating to missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.
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