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Red Dress Day

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Red Dress Day

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On May 3rd 2024, the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition (OAC) invites community members to come together and recognize Red Dress Day (Officially recognized on May 5th, 2024). On May 5th, we commemorate the National Day of Awareness, a time dedicated to preventing violence against Indigenous women, also known as Red Dress Day.

The OAC will host an event focused on education and remembrance, aimed at shedding light on the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) across Canada. We invite all community members to come, learn and become part of the actions needed to end violence against Indigenous women and girls in Ottawa.

Who We Are:

The OAC is an alliance of Indigenous-led service-based organizations. Our member organizations are seeking experienced and dedicated candidates to deliver front-line programs and services to Indigenous people living in the National Capital Region. 


​10:00AM:                  Lighting the Sacred Fire

10:00 – 3:00 PM    To honour and commemorate Missing and Murdered

                                  Indigenous Women and Girls, there will be educational

                                  displays, art displays, commemoration activities and

                                  interactive, creative activities.



May 3, 2024


10:00 AM - 3:00 PM EST




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Jean Pigott Place, City Hall



110 Laurier Ave West, Ottawa, ON


Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition


Official Program: 

12:00 – 1:15 PM   Food will be provided including beef stew, three sisters

                               salad with Bannock and Cedar Tea.


12:00 PM            Opening the Circle – Big Drum Group
                             Opening Prayer – OAC Elders


12:10 PM            Welcome – Mary Daoust and Mikki Adams, OAC Co-Chairs

                            - Creating a Circle of Protection and Love

                            - Dressing the Jingle Dress

                            - Jingle Dress Dancers
                            - Women’s Hand Drum                      


                            Recognizing the Healing work in the Community  

                            - Acknowledging the Indigenous Women’s Safety Table 

                            - Gifting the Dress to Minwaashin Lodge

                            - Message from ONWA Executive Director Cora McGuire-Cyrette 

1:00 PM               Honour Songs                                 

                            - Inuit Throat Singers and the Big Drum 

                            - Elders Closing

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Wellness Resources

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  • There is a national, toll-free 24/7 crisis call line providing mental health support for anyone who requires emotional assistance related to missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. For assistance, call 1-844-413-6649.  


  • First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310


  • Talk4Healing: 1-855-554-4325


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Red Dress Day Pictures

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  • Do I need to RSVP?
    You do not need to RSVP but it is strongly encouraged to help us prepare for the day's events.
  • How can we help promote the event?
    Please share the event posters and media materials through your distribution channels, communications, and social media. Click on the the "share this event" icons on this page to share to your social media.
  • Is there an agenda for the event?
    Yes, an agenda is posted on the OAC website.
  • Where do I park?
    Paid parking is available at the City Hall. Paid street parking is also available.
  • Is lunch provided?
    An Indigenous meal will be provided for this event, first come first serve.
  • Who are the OAC member organizations?
    We invite you to view the members section on the OAC website here:
  • Will there be any Elder’s or Traditional Knowledge Keepers at the event?
    Yes, the Elders coming will be announced closer to the date of the event.

Additional Documents:

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