May 5 is Red Dress Day in Canada

Raising awareness of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.

REGINA – Red Dress Day is celebrated each year on May 5 to raise awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two Spirit+ people in Canada.

This annual commemoration has its roots in the REdress Project, initiated by Métis artist Jamie Black in 2010. It has since grown into a national movement.

Saskatchewan taxpayers are providing $42.6 million over the next three years to more than 34 community organizations that provide critical support and services to individuals and families affected by interpersonal violence and abuse.

The 2024-2025 budget allocated $800,000 for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls+ (MMIWG+) Community Response Fund. The fund, with half of the funding provided by Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE), supports grassroots organizations and communities to develop and implement projects that help prevent violence and create safety for Indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirit+ people. Last year, the MMIWG+ Community Response Fund provided support to 23 projects.

The MMIWG+ Community Response Fund is currently accepting applications. More information and the online application form are available at saskatchewan.ca/mmiwg-fund.

A helpline is available for those affected by missing and murdered indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirit+ people. For immediate emotional assistance, please call 1-844-413-6649.

For more information about the recent funding announcements to tackle interpersonal violence, please visit:
https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2024/april/29/province-commits-426m-in-funding-to-interpersonal-violence-and-abuse-programs.

https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2024/april/22/government-launches-awareness-videos-on-early-warning-signs-of-abusive-relationships.