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These Red Dresses Are A Haunting Reminder Of Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women

Oct. 4 marked the annual day of remembrance.

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Red dresses were hung on porches across the country Sunday in memory of the nearly 1,200 missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada.

The REDress Project was started five years ago by Metis artist Jaimie Black.

People were asked to hang a red dress for 24 hours in honour of those who've been lost.

Oct. 4 also marked the annual day of remembrance for missing and murdered indigenous women.

Every year, candles are lit across Canada at Sisters In Spirit vigils.

Black has collected hundreds of red dresses used for installations in Winnipeg, Ottawa, Kamloops, and Edmonton "as a visual reminder of the staggering number of women who are no longer with us."

This year, people were invited to hang a dress in front of their homes.

#REDdress project solidarity in #Iqaluit

Dresses also popped up in public places such as Beacon Hill Park in Victoria, British Columbia.

And Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto.

And Vancouver's Thornton Park.

They were also hung at the memorial for Tina Fontaine in Winnipeg. Fontaine, a First Nations girl, was just 15 when her body was found in the Red River last year.

Six robes flottent à l'endroit même où le corps de la jeune Tina Fontaine avait été retrouvé en 2014. #rcmb #MMIW

Artist Jaimie Black told CBC News that, even five years later, she "still get goose bumps and chills from working with these dresses."

#MMIW #RedDressProject Our dresses hang to remember our lost loved ones. 5 Mile Rez, Atlin, BC

The RCMP said last year that it had found 1,186 cases of missing and murdered indigenous women over the past 30 years. Advocates have renewed their calls for a national inquiry as the federal election closes in.

Lauren Strapagiel is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.

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