Red Dress Week at Capilano University honours the lives of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA that have been murdered or gone missing in Canada.

According to the Final Report of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Inquiry, thousands of women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA have lost their lives. The red dress has become a visual symbol of this national tragedy.

Please take time to learn more about Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA in Canada; engage with our REDress activity in the Library; and take part in events organized by the Capilano Students Union.

At the conclusion of this week, on Friday, February 14th, the 29th Annual Women’s Memorial March will take place in the Downtown Eastside. “The women’s memorial march continues to honour the lives of missing and murdered women and all women’s lives lost in the Downtown Eastside.” Family and community members will gather in remembrance at 10:30 am and the March will start at 12 pm from Carnegie Community Centre (Main and Hastings) on Unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territories.

More on the REDress Project:

Winnipeg visual artist Jaime Black began the REDress project in 2010 with a public art installation that featured 600 donated red dresses hung in public places in Winnipeg and elsewhere across the country. Black states, “The empty red dress really evokes the absence of these women but it also marks the absence of these women so we can’t forget that they’re gone.” The red dress has since been adopted by communities across North America as a symbol of loss.

CapU Library Indigenous Resources Guide

The list of books below are available for check-out from the entrance display until February 14, 2020. Use the call number to find these books on the shelves after the display is finished. 

A Recognition of Being: Reconstructing Native Womanhood, by Kim Anderson

Find it at: E98.W8 A62 2000

Surviving In the Hour of Darkness: The Health and Wellness of Women of Colour and Indigenous Women, by edited by G. Sophie Harding

Find it at: RA564.86 .S87 2005 & also online as an e-book

Honour: Crimes, Paradigms, and Violence Against Women, by edited by Lynn Welchman and Sara Hossain

Find it at: HV6250.4.W65 H66 2005 

Restoring the Balance: First Nations Women, Community, and Culture, by Gail Guthrie Valaskakis, Madeleine Dion Stout, and Eric Guimond, editors

Find it at: E98.W8 R48 2009 & also online as an e-book

On the Farm: Robert William Pickton and the Tragic Story of Vancouver's Missing Women, by Stevie Cameron

Find it at: HV6535.C33 P639 2010

Violence Against Women in Canada: Research and Policy Perspectives, by Holly Johnson & Myrna Dawson

Find it at: HV6250.4.W65 J648 2011

Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, Culture, by edited by Cheryl Suzack ... [et al.]

Find it at: HQ1155 .I54 2010

Torn from our Midst: Voices of Grief, Healing and Action from the Missing Indigenous Women Conference, 2008, by edited by A. Brenda Anderson, Wendee Kubik, Mary Rucklos Hampton

Find it at: HV6250.4.W65 T67 2010 & also online as an e-book

Mothers of the Nations: Indigenous Mothering as Global Resistance, Reclaiming and Recovery, by edited by D. Memee Lavell-Harvard and Kim Anderson

Find it at: HQ759 .M918 2014

Indivisible: Indigenous Human Rights, edited by Joyce Green

Find it at: K3247 .I63 2014

That Lonely Section of Hell: The Botched Investigation of a Serial Killer Who Almost Got Away, by Lori Shenher

Find it at: HV6535.C33 V38 2015

Remembering Vancouver's Disappeared Women: Settler Colonialism and the Difficulty of Inheritance, by Amber Dean

Find it at: HV6250.4.W65 D42 2015

Forever Loved: Exposing the Hidden Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada, by edited by D. Memee Lavell-Harvard and Jennifer Brant

Find it at: HV6250.4.W65 F64 2016

The Break, by Katherena Vermette

Find it at: PS8643.E74 B74 2016

Making Space for Indigenous Feminism, by edited by Joyce Green

Find it at: HQ1161 .M34 2017

Keetsahnak: Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters, by Kim Anderson, Maria Campbell & Christi Belcourt, editors

Find it at: E98.W8 K448 2018

Red Light Labour: Sex Work Regulation, Agency, and Resistance, by edited by Elya M. Durisin, Emily van der Meulen, and Chris Bruckert

Find it at: KE9075 .R43 2018 & also online as an e-book

Braiding Legal Orders: Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, by John Borrows, Larry Chartrand, Oonagh E. Fitzgerald, and Risa Schwartz, editors

Find it at: K3247 .B73 2019

My Friend, My Abuser: Perspectives and Testimonials Concerning the Sexual Exploitation of First Nations and Inuit People in Urban Areas, by Josue Mensales & Diane Veillette ; foreword by Ghislain Picard

Find it at: HQ150.M6 M462 2019

Bad Law: Rethinking Justice for a Postcolonial Canada, by John Reilly

Find it at: KF8205 .R39 2019

Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, by Jessica McDiarmid

Find it at: HV6250.4.W65 M33 2019