Red Dress Day marks the annual remembrance of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and honours their memory.
It's a day to wear red in solidarity with MMIWG and/or place red T-shirts or dresses in your window. It's a day to read the National Report into MMIWG and be reminded of how we can act as the Church, committed to truth, justice and reconciliation.
It's a day to pray for 'justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream' (Amos 5:24).
Indigenous people make up 5% of the population in Canada. The loss of any women and girls to violence is a gross injustice - the National Inquiry into MMIWG 2019 reported that Indigenous Women and Girls are 12 times more likely to be murdered and go missing than other women.
As a Vineyard committed to the journey towards reconciliation with Indigenous People, we acknowledgement what is wrong, joining with the Indigenous People of Canada in remembering these injustices, committing our hearts and our actions to the journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous people everywhere.
You can read the report from the National Inquiry into MMIWG here.