In 2016, Medicine Hat College hosted its first ever REDress Project, an art installation in which red dress are hung around campus in order to raise awareness and memorialize the missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) across Canada.
from Medicine Hat News:
“A simple but beautiful red dress that’s easy to put on. It’s the dress Maggie Amarualik thinks would be her sister’s.
“I see her in it,” said Amarualik, pointing to one of the almost 50 red dresses on display at Medicine Hat College.
They’re part of the REDress Project, an art installation meant to raise awareness and understanding on the number of missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW) in Canada.
The REDress project was launched in 2010 by artist Jaime Black as a way to draw attention to these women, with their absence symbolized by empty red dresses.
“Since then, institutions like colleges and universities have decided to do their own spin on the project,” said MHC’s indigenous student specialist Kristen Jordan, who spearheaded MHC’s display.”
Read more about the project here.