Honouring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

The Comox Valley continues to honour and remember Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

In 2015, Walking With Our Sisters – K’ómoks opened its door to the community to experience a traveling memorial art installation honouring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Through the combined efforts of I-HOS Gallery, CVTS and the Kumugwe Cultural Society, with support from municipalities, organizations and businesses, over 5000 guests visited the installation on the traditional unceded territory of the K’ómoks First Nation

In 2016 the same organizers came together and created The Red Dress Awareness Campaign & Installation which seeks to recognize and inform the public about the increasingly high numbers of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls throughout Canada and the United States. This project was inspired by The REDress Project, which was started in 2010 by Métis artist Jamie Black; the REDress Project currently resides in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

During the week of Sept 27 – October 3 show your support and hang a Red Dress in your front yard or your place of business or store front.

For more information about the REDress Project, visit the Kumugwe Cultural Society website  https://kumugwe.ca/red-dress-awareness-campaign/

Community members have started the Lil’ Red Dress Project, a group of volunteer beaders who have created beaded red dress pins, which are available for purchase. Visit their Facebook page at  or website for more information. We encourage you to hang a red dress, and share this information with friends, family, co-workers, and within your community.

Our vision and hope is to have communities across Canada plan events around the week first week of October so we encourage you to hang a Red Dress and show your support.


In solidarity

The Comox Valley Transition Society is deeply saddened to learn of the finding of unmarked graves of children at the sites of several former residential schools.

As an anti-oppressive organization working to end violence, poverty and homelessness we recognize that the residential school system was part of a larger system of racism and cultural genocide that continues to this day and continues to impact the lives of First Nations, Inuit and Metis persons and communities.

CVTS is committed to listening to, and learning from, Indigenous staff, clients and community partners and to taking action towards the implementation of recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that pertain to our work.

Click here to view some recommendations of what we can all do from the Indian Residential School Survivor Society with additions from the BC Society of Transition Houses.