Red dress project to be held in May in Smiths Falls

Flora Riley speaks to the Smiths Falls council
Flora Riley speaks to the Smiths Falls council about the red dress project on Monday, April 8 at the committee of the whole meeting. Photo credit: Emilie Must.
Posted on: April 9, 2019

Smiths Falls council will make May 6 the honorary day of remembrance for the Red Dress project.

Flora Riley spoke to council about the importance of the Red Dress project and its special meaning for her personally.

“Hanging red dresses in public spaces is a visual reminder of the women and girls who are no longer with us,” Riley said.

Riley is of Metis heritage and started hanging a red dress outside of her home last May in remembrance of her sister. She shared that in 1970 her sister Daphne was murdered by her husband when she was only 23-years-old.  Daphne’s birthday is on May 5.

“I can’t even imagine the lack of closure,” Councillor Allen said.

The Red Dress project is nation wide art installation to bring awareness to the thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. It was created by the artist Jaime Black four years ago. The colour red symbolizes life’s blood and was chosen to unite the spirit.

Riley’s mission is to ensure there are no more stolen sisters.

Article by Emilie Must