Red Dress Day – Alberta University of the Arts

5 May 2023

1 to 2 p.m. — Teaching and Beading Workshop

Main Campus entry, Alberta University of the Arts
Red Dress Day
May 5 is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+.

Known as Red Dress Day, May 5 honours the thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse people in Canada by encouraging learning and building awareness to end violence against these groups.

What can you do to act?

Wear red on May 5.

Join our Teaching and Beading Workshop at the Main Campus entry from 1 to 2 p.m. Lucille Wright (Siksika Nation member, community leader, knowledge holder and entrepreneur) will speak on recognizing this day and paying respect to the lives lost or harmed due to gender-based violence and its impacts on the community. Lucille will walk participants through creating a beaded Red Dress pin, showcasing that beadwork is a tool to help with individual and collective trauma and healing.

Bring or donate a red dress to the AUArts Red Dress installation. You may drop off at the Lodgepole Center or the Student Services Hub (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) from May 1 to 4. If you would like your dress returned, please attach your name to the inside of the dress with a pin. If you want to donate the dress, we will happily accept this donation.

Photo by Jaime Black