National MMIWG2S+ Awareness Day

Special display of items from MMIWG2S+ national inquiry, exterior projection of red dress

Friday, May 5 to Sunday, May 7

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Five red dresses, representing missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, hang in a row in the Canadian Journeys gallery as part of an exhibit titled “From Sorrow to Strength.” Behind the dresses, the scene of a snow-covered forest with more red dresses hung on the branches of trees is displayed on a series of banners. Partially obscured.

The REDress Project by Jaime Black, installation at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, 2014. Photo: Ian McCausland

Event details

Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Level 1 Gallery

Items from the sacred bundle of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people will be shared as part of a special display to mark National MMIWG2S+ Awareness Day.

The sacred bundle includes hundreds of artistic expressions created by family members, friends, survivors, artists, and others during the National Inquiry. It was entrusted and welcomed to the care of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in 2021.

Affected loved ones of the MMIWG2S+ community selected items for display from the sacred bundle. Many of these loved ones will be on site to care for these items throughout the three‐day display. Support persons for visitors will also be on site.

In addition, a large projection of a red dress will be shown on the exterior of the Museum starting the evening of May 4.

The items will be on display in the Level 1 Gallery and can be visited from Friday, May 5 until Sunday, May 7.

There will be no admission fees to visit the display. Admission to the entire Museum is free after 5:00 p.m. on Fridays.

The image of a red dress flanked by red butterflies is projected on a limestone façade on the exterior of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
CMHR, Nikolas Heine