A message from Dr. Dennis Johnson, President & CEO and Marlene Erickson, Executive Director: Aboriginal Education.
We ask the CNC community to join us in recognizing Red Dress and Moose Hide days.
Thursday May 5th is Red Dress Day, the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirited people in Canada.
Red Dress Day was inspired by the work of Métis artist Jamie Black. The project began in 2010 after Black displayed an installation at the University of Winnipeg that included a series of empty red dresses to honour and symbolize the lost lives of Indigenous women at the hands of violence. On this day, participants are encouraged to display empty red dresses in public spaces and wear red dresses or red clothing to show support for the lives of those who are missing and were murdered.
Following closely will be the Moose Hide Campaign Day on Thursday May 12th. The campaign is an Indigenous-led grassroots movement of men, boys and all Canadians - standing up to end violence against women and children. Participants are asked to wear moose hide pins. The pin is your commitment to honour, respect and protect the women and children in your life, work to end gender-based violence and take action towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
We hope you will take these opportunities to show your support, grow your knowledge, and help build a world dedicated to eliminating violence and achieving reconciliation. We are grateful for CNC’s Aboriginal Resource Centres and Aboriginal Liaisons in providing opportunities and materials to encourage participation in these days.