Red Dress Project Coming To PG

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG-TV
Red Dress Project Coming To PG

With support from Council, a special event will take place in the city this fall. The Red Dress project will take place on October 2nd, with individuals gathering at the edge of the city to hold up an empty red dress in honour of those women who have gone missing or have been murdered in the region.  The event will wind up with a  candlelight vigil at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park, where the dresses will be hung from the trees in that park.
The project, locally, has been undertaken by Tammy Meise, who lost her friend Kari in 1997. Kari vanished from Nanaimo in April of that year and her remains were found by hikers near Little Lillooet the following year. That discovery made her “just another statistic.”
Meise told Council she first saw the REDress project during a visit to Vancouver in 2014 and the display of empty red dresses “lit a fire inside of me,” adding the empty dress was so symbolic of the women who are no longer with us.
As part of the event, she asked Council to waive the rental fees for the Park and use of the stage for the program and vigil. An invite was also issued to Mayor and Council to also bring a friend and, of course, a red dress.
Council didn’t hesitate.

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