Mandy Richard is bringing the REDress project to St. Thomas University, to get people talking about missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada.
“If this just starts that conversation and gets that momentum going, then I’ve done my part,” said Richard, a second year student.
Richard began hanging the dresses up Sunday night, to take part in the Sisters in Spirit Vigils. It’s a movement aimed at raising awareness of the missing and murdered.
In 2013 RCMP reported there were 1181 reported cases of missing or murdered aboriginal women across Canada, and 225 were unsolved cases. In the 2014 RCMP report they reported they’ve seen a 9.3 per cent reduction in the number of unsolved missing and murdered cases.
“People just don’t know about it, or don’t care about it or don’t care to inquire about it,” said Richard. ” So I felt it was important to do this because students are here today and see the red dresses and start asking questions.”
Richard, and two other friends, spent Sunday night hanging up the red dresses around campus. She got the idea from the current movement led by Jaime Black, so after some guidance from mentors in the area Richard decided she
” Its just so people can be aware of all the missing and murdered aboriginal women is a serious problem,” said Richard. Photo: Oscar Baker III/NB Beacon.
” Its just so people can be aware of all the missing and murdered aboriginal women and see it is a serious problem,” said Richard. Photo: Oscar Baker III/NB Beacon.
needed to hang them up.
“It disgusts me that there are so many missing and murdered women across Canada.”
Richard, an Ojibwa from Wikwemikong Unceded First Nation, says she doesn’t know any of the lost women, but still feels a connection to them.
” I may not have known them but there still apart of me. There still apart of my family.”
She hopes the red dresses are hanging up as long as they can. Richard is looking forward to when artist Jamie Black, the person who inspired the movement, comes to Fredericton. Black is scheduled to come Oct. 26. As for Richard she is still deciding on her personal protest for the month.
“I might, I still have to decide, but I thought for the whole month of October I could wear something red.”