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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.

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

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

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

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

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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."

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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.

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And Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto.

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And Vancouver's Thornton Park.

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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

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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.

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

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