Sisters In Spirit - red dresses in downtown Oakville

Dear BIA members,

You’ve probably noticed red dresses hanging throughout the downtown. They are for an event called “Sisters in Spirit” taking place tomorrow from 5-6 p.m. in Towne Square.

The Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support at Sheridan College and WHAM (Women of Halton Action Movement) are preparing for Oakville's fourth Sister in Spirit gathering.

Every October 4th over 200 of these gatherings are held across Canada where Canadians unite to honour the Missing and Murdered First Nations, Metis and Inuit Women and Girls.

Red dresses have been collected and will hang throughout Oakville in order to draw attention for Sisters in Spirit.

Why red dresses? They are symbols; visual reminders of the staggering number of women and girls no longer with us. Jaime Black's REDress Project installation at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is being replicated all over the country. The artist says "I hope to draw attention to the gendered and radicalized nature of crimes against aboriginal women and to evoke a presence through the making of absence."  Please Google REDress for more information and visuals.

The dresses will be taken down after the vigil tomorrow night.

For more information please visit

Thank you,

Jennifer Cain
Administrative and Membership Coordinator
Downtown Oakville Business Improvement Area
146 Lakeshore Road East (2nd Floor - West Office)
phone: 905-844-4520 (x.10)