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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

OUR WOMEN NOW: RED DRESS PROJECT AWARENESS by Grandmother's Voice

In-person

Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation
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Date and time

This activity runs the duration of Culture Days.

Location

Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre

2302 Bridge Road

Town of Oakville, ON

Access

Free.

Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.

free and accessible parking

About

This Indigenous Women-led campaign, hosted by Grandmother's Voice in Halton, Ontario, serves as our response to the 231 Calls for Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. We offer red dresses for display in both public and private service spaces, fostering community unity. These dresses are showcased from Sisters in Spirit Day on October 4 until the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25.

The REDress Project sheds light on the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women nationwide. It's an art installation, visually representing this critical issue. The project appears in public spaces across Canada and the United States, serving as a powerful reminder of the countless women we've lost. Artist Jamie Black shares, “Through the installation, I hope to draw attention to the gendered and racialized nature of violent crimes against Aboriginal women and to evoke a presence through the marking of absence.”

The Town of Oakville will display red dresses in public foyers at the following recreation and cultural centres including Glen Abbey, Trafalgar Park, Iroquois Ridge, Oakville Trafalgar, River Oaks, Queen Elizabeth Park, Oakville Museum, Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, and Town Hall.

Grandmother's Voice would like to acknowledge and thank the WHAM Women of Halton who started this Red Dress and Sisters in Spirit initiative in our region.

Grandmother's Voice acknowledges and appreciates all of the relationships they developed with service providers in our community.

Organizer

Town of Oakville

The Town of Oakville is located on Treaty 14 and 22 lands, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat and the Haudenosaunee. Oakville is home to many different First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. A vibrant and impressive community within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), the Town of Oakville is a beautiful lakeside town with a strong heritage, preserved and celebrated by residents and visitors alike. Since the 1800s, it has become one of the most coveted areas to live and work in Ontario with 225,000 residents calling Oakville home. The town offers all the advantages of a well-serviced urban centre with first-rate facilities and amenities, while also maintaining its small-town feel.