Thank you to all who contributed red dresses and cash! A total of 64 red dresses were collected from UCV members or purchased from thrift stores using donations by UCV members.
These dresses were delivered to the BC Union of Indian Chiefs and will be hung along the Trans Mountain pipeline route in Sepwecemc territory.
This red dress collection drive at UCV was sponsored by the Social Justice Committee and supported by the Environment Team and other individuals.
Background on Honour the Women Project:
The recently released report on the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls states that there is a correlation between resource extraction and violence against Indigenous women and girls. Work camps/man camps built for resource extraction projects are implicated in higher rates of violence against Indigenous women at the camps and neighbouring communities.
At the Stop Trans Mountain Pipeline rally at Creekside Park on June 9, 2019, Doreen Manuel, Secwepemc Nation film maker, and sister of the late Chief Arthur Manuel, announced that she is collecting red dresses (the symbol of missing and murdered Indigenous women) for her “Honour the Women project”. She will hang red dresses along the route of the pipeline in Secwepemc Territory both as an art installation and as a reminder to all who the victims are.
For more information about this project, please contact Doreen Manual at: firstname.lastname@example.org