May 10, 2022 – 1:00 PM
Indigenous models in vibrant red garments gathered on a grassy hill in Kamloops last week to raise awareness of an ongoing crisis.
May 5 was the National Day of Awareness and Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Gender diverse people, more simply known as Red Dress Day. Red dresses are worn to draw attention to the more than 1,000 missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada.
Kamloops-based photographer, Devan Grace Storey, snapped numerous photos of the many models who showed up to the special gathering. It was a rainy day and the models were barefoot on traditional secwepemc territory.
“My vision was using the beauty of photography to bring awareness to this significant day and cause,” Storey said. “It was cold and raining, but this didn’t bother the models, they were strong, empowered women really wanting to raise awareness.”
Rae Bennett, as shown on the cover art, tragically lost her mom on Highway 16, otherwise known as the Highway of Tears in 1997.
She is an educational assistant who raises awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women by sharing her late mother’s story.
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“Every year more Indigenous women are murdered and go missing,” she said. “Teaching girls how to love themselves, be aware of their surroundings and to have the confidence to stick up for themselves will help them be the change.”
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