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Media Advisory - Media Advisory- The Office of Indigenous Initiatives REDress installation art project

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

The Office of Indigenous Initiatives (OII) at Queen’s University is preparing to mark The National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Gender Diverse People (MMIWG2S) on May 5.

To raise public awareness of violence against Indigenous and non-indigenous women, children and gender diverse people, 18 red dresses — part of the well-known art exhibit by Métis artist Jaime Black called The REDress Project — will be displayed on campus light polls along University Avenue. The dresses will once again be installed on May 12 to mark the end of the initiative.

The REDress Project started in 2010 to commemorate missing and murdered Indigenous woman across Canada. It is an installation art project based on an aesthetic response to this critical national issue. The project has been installed in public spaces throughout Canada and the United States.

Understanding and seeking justice for the disproportionate victimization of Indigenous women and girls were among the calls to action made in the final report by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was chaired by the Honourable Murray Sinclair, who now serves as Queen’s Chancellor.

What: Media is invited to view the REDress art installation along University Avenue.
Interviews with Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill), Associate Vice-Principal, Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation will also be available to discuss the significance of the exhibit.

When: May 5, 9:30am

Where: Outside Grant Hall, 43 University Ave, Kingston


  • Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill), Associate Vice-Principal, Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation.



Please RSVP Julie Brown to confirm attendance.

Queen’s University continues to maintain its COVID-19 masking and vaccination policies.