Red dress displays have been placed at four Saskatchewan Polytechnic campuses to honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

A permanent display can be viewed at the Moose Jaw campus and displays were up from Saturday until Monday in Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Regina.

Indigenous Strategy coordinator Deanna Speidel says the red dress concept was originally created by a Winnipeg-based Métis artist.

“Jamie Black started this initiative of displaying red dresses with her art installations,” Speidel adds.

The displays were supported through Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Indigenous Strategy.

“Sask Polytech’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls red dress displays bring about awareness and attention to this important issue in our campus communities. These displays evoke presence through absence. The more people are talking about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, the less we will forget. I hope that there is room for dialogue to create that space to bring about public attention to this very serious issue,” said Speidel.

(Photo courtesy of Saskatchewan Polytechnic.)