Kamloops' Thompson Rivers University opened their doors to a new Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls (MMIWG) yesterday.
The exhibit will display work of local collaborators, including students and alumni, who have created paintings, sculptures, and videos about the topic.
The use of red dresses symbolizes the hundreds of missing Indigenous Women and Girls across Canada in addition to their missing spirits.
As CFJC Today writes, "red is the color chosen because Indigenous peoples say it is the only color that spirits see, so it is like calling them back home. Red dresses will be hanging from trees across campus as well." The exhibit's opening ceremony was held at the Old Main Art Gallery. It began with a prayer from a Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Elder, followed by guest speakers as well as a performance from local powwow dancers.