Pay attention on your commute today, you may just see red dresses strewn in places you’d least expect them. That’s because May 5 marks Red Dress Day, a day to honour the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Red Dress Day was inspired by the REDress Project, an art installation which involves the hanging of red dresses in public spaces. Created by Métis artist Jaime Black, the installation has since been replicated in communities across Canada.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Nicolette Little, from the University of Calgary, talks about the REDress Project along with the Memory Stone Project, gender-based violence and how collaborative and replicable activism can help causes gain momentum.

She says initiatives like the REDress Project and the Memory Stone Project that are easy to participate in and reproduce, and that make people feel like they are part of a community that cares, are important and can truly help inspire every day acts of change.

Also today:

Nyà:wen (thanks),

Haley Lewis

Culture + Society Editor

The REDress Project sees red dresses suspended where you would least expect them. The project was created by Jaime Black. (The REDress Project/Facebook)

From red dresses to memory stones: Collaborative and replicable activism can help causes gain momentum

Nicolette Little, University of Calgary

Projects that are easy to participate in, reproduce and that make people feel like they are part of a community that cares are important.

People are silhouetted as they sit in a bar having a drink during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on March 30, 2022, as cases continued to climb in Ontario and around Canada after most provinces lifted various restrictions and mask mandates. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Why COVID-19 gaslighting by politicians is so dangerous for democracy

Jason Hannan, University of Winnipeg

As COVID-19 continues to evolve, surprise, disappoint and frustrate us, efforts by politicians to pretend it’s behind us is a dangerous form of gaslighting that will deepen societal divisions.

Paludiculture in action. Chain-drive equipped tractors are a prerequisite for agricultural activities on rewetted peat soils. (Tobias Dahms)

Wet agriculture could protect peatlands and climate, but remains largely unexplored

Rafael Ziegler, HEC Montréal; Magali Simard, HEC Montréal; Rahma Eldeeb, Université de Montréal

Drained peatlands contribute five per cent of global carbon emissions. Paludiculture, or agriculture on wet peatlands, protects peatlands and allows farmers to maintain their livelihoods.

There are many ways that families, health-care providers and communities can support the sleep of mothers of babies six months and older. (Shutterstock)

Give the gift of sleep to moms with babies this Mother’s Day

Christine Ou, University of Victoria; Wendy Hall, University of British Columbia

Supporting mothers’ and infants’ sleep can decrease the stressors of motherhood, improve maternal mood and mental health and promote better infant development.

Internet technologies have meant that the public sphere has now become digital, but what does that mean for its ownership? (Gian Cescon/Unsplash)

Elon Musk’s proposed takeover of Twitter raises questions about its role in the digital social infrastructure

Eleonore Fournier-Tombs, United Nations University

Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter is seen as a threat to the digital public square. International regulation is required to protect internet users’ access to democratic public spaces.

La Conversation Canada

Le directeur par intérim de la santé du Québec, le Dr Luc Boileau, enlève son masque alors qu'il arrive pour faire le point sur la Covid-19, le 21 avril 2022 à Montréal. Le ministère de la Santé du Québec recommande la prolongation du mandat du masque jusqu'à la mi-mai. LA PRESSE CANADIENNE/Ryan Remiorz

Port du masque au Québec : une « prudence » tant politique que scientifique

Antoine Lemor, Université de Montréal

Québec maintient l’obligation du port du masque jusqu’au 14 mai 2022. Cette exception ne semble pas moins due à une « prudence » épidémiologique qu’à des contraintes politiques et institutionnelles.

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  • A burnt-out health workforce impacts patient care

    Karen Willis, Victoria University; Jaimie-Lee Maple, Victoria University; Marie Bismark, The University of Melbourne; Natasha Smallwood, Monash University

    Burnout among health-care workers has implications for the whole workforce, and patients too.


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