On May 5, many schools across Niagara Catholic marked the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls – more commonly known as Red Dress Day. The day is a solemn reminder of the danger that is faced by Indigenous women and girls even today. At Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School and Saint Michael Catholic High School, red dresses were hung around the foyers. The empty dresses signify the loss of those who wore them. Red is a symbol of the calling back of their spirits so they can walk among us again and have their voices heard through their families and community, and also to celebrate the vitality of our blood, and the violence when it is spilled.
Learn more about the origins and significance of Red Dress Day here.