Indigenous Women

The Canadian Department of Justice reports that Aboriginal females are more than three times as likely to become victims of violent crimes than any other segment of society. Indigenous women are four times as likely to be murdered than their non-Native counterparts. Over 800 Native women have simply disappeared or been found murdered since the year 1990, and the epidemic shows no signs of slowing down.

This design features the Red Dress, which started out as a one-day display by Metis artist Jaime Black as a way of bringing attention to this issue. Now, five years later, the REDress Project is spreading awareness with exhibits across the country.

What do you think of this design?  What images and thoughts does it conjure up in you and how does it help show the world who you are?  Add to the conversation by commenting below.




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5 Responses

Justin
Justin

February 01, 2016

This picture shows that the complacency and apathy of citizens have allowed this to continue. Each car passing by has a smear of blood, as if the blood is on our hands for not demanding that something be done about this epidemic.

Gerald M
Gerald M

January 25, 2016

The image speaks of a crime, even without the text.
There is a contrast between the texture of the trees, the red dress, and the landscape with that of the woman’s shadow and the streaks of blood that the vehicles seem to be leaving behind them.
The viewer feels the juxtaposition of the atmosphere of contentment to the terror of the subject.
The effect speaks to an indifference to cruelty, and is quite stern in its tone.

Kelly
Kelly

January 25, 2016

I think the design is extremely powerful. I read the concept behind what the artist intended which makes it more meaningful. You can feel the missing presence of the women in the empty dress. The shadow beneath it is very sad.

Chuck
Chuck

January 25, 2016

Oh, wow… I didn’t think about the blood streaks. That’s really a good observation, and it’s so true. People don’t think about how their fast-paced lives are affecting anybody else. They just “drive” right by and never notice what damage they’re doing.

Allison
Allison

January 18, 2016

The concept behind this design is devastating, but it’s important that art helps us process these facts and bring about awareness. I find it interesting that the cars’ shadows are red and actually resemble blood streaks. There are also shades of red in the tree and the grass. Red can be a symbol of love and passion, or it can be a symbol of violence and anger.

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