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

    Wednesday, April 12, 2023

    The Office of Indigenous Initiatives (OII) is building on the recognition of The National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Gender Diverse People (MMIWG2S) by expanding the REDress Project across two Queen’s University campuses.

    To raise public awareness nearly 50 red dresses — part of the well-known art exhibit by Métis artist Jaime Black will be exhibited in both outdoor and indoor spaces from April 10-15. While the National Day is officially marked on May 5, Queen’s has decided to launch the installation earlier when more faculty, staff, and students will be on campus to experience it.

    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 on the main campus

    When: April 13, 10:30am

    Where: Outside Grant Hall, 43 University Ave, Kingston. Red dresses are also displayed through the green space around Summerhill, outside Stauffer Library, and Gordon, Ontario, Grant, Kingston, Carruthers, and Fleming Halls, as well as in windows at Queen’s West campus.

    Who: Kandice Baptiste, Associate Director, Office of Indigenous Initiatives. A virtual interview with Jaime Black can also be arranged.


    Please RSVP Julie Brown to confirm attendance.

    Julie Brown
    Manager, Media Relations