Monday, February 28, 2011

The REDress Project for Missing and Murdered Women

The REDress Project is an installation by artist Jaime Black that gathers and displays red dresses to mark the absence of over 600 missing and murdered Aboriginal women across Canada.

Institute for Women and Gender Studies (IWGS) is proud to partner with Jaime on the campus-wide installation of the REDress Project will take place during International Women's Week, from March 7-12, 2011.

Along with the installation of over 100 dresses in 9 locations across the campus, w...e will be coordinating tours of the installation, providing educational materials, supporting a movie screening, as well as hosting a panel of speakers. It is our intention to provide an environment for students, staff, faculty and the general public to learn through engagement with the art, and to provide opportunities for conversation about the serious impact of this gendered and racialized violence on all of the peoples of Canada.

After months of planning and preparation, and over one hundred generous donations of REDdresses from the community we are proud to be able to share the events happening with everyone (and we're happy to keep accepting RED dresses throughout the installation - if received before March 4th, they will be hung at UW!)

Join us for a week of FREE events open to all during the installation!

Tuesday March 8 - 'Cinema Politica' screening of the film Finding Dawn at 7:30 pm in Eckhardt-Grammate Hall , 3rd floor, UW campus (free childcare, snacks and bus tickets available). This event, and the discussion to follow will be hosted by Lisa Michell of the Women's Memorial March of MB.

IWGS, along with Ka Ni Kanichihk's Aboriginal Women Reclaiming Our Power program (supported by Status of Women and Heritage Canada), are honoured to support the UWSA, UWSA Womyn's Centre and Gallery 1C03 in the screening of this important film. There will be guides on hand at all UW entrances to help folks find the movie screening location.

Wednesday March 9th - Discussion Panel with REDress artist Jaime Black, filmmaker & activist Tina Keeper, and Lisa Forbes of the Stop Violence Against Aboriginal Women Action Group! 12:30 pm in Convocation Hall - 2nd floor of Wesley Hall (the Castle) at 515 Portage Ave. Accessible venue through the Bryce Hall skywalk.

REDress Installation Tours- All tours start at escalators, 1st floor Centennial Hall at UW.

* March 7 - 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm
* March 8 - 7 pm
* March 9 - 10 am and 4 pm
* March 10 - 12:30 and 4 pm
* March 11 - 12:30 and 5:30 pm
* March 12 - 2:30 pm

For more information about REDress events please contact Kim Hunter at or 204.786.9921 OR Jaime Black (Artist + creator of the REDress project)

Please click here to visit the REDress Project’s Facebook page.

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