Janis McDougall, Red Tape Dress #MMIW

Sherry Marr is a Tofino poet and a regular contributor to the Poets United website. Her current post features Janis McDougall’s powerful poem, Missing You. Don’t miss it!

In 2015, Jan created her “red tape dress” — to mourn and bring attention to missing and murdered women as part of Tofino’s participation in the REDress Project.

Two years later, the Pacific Rim Arts Society put on their Cultural Heritage Festival Show, with the theme “Celebrating Women of the West Coast”. Jan wanted to honour and draw attention to the women who were absent from the show—the missing women. She mounted the poem on the red tape dress.

There are many missing women from Vancouver Island, including Lisa Marie Young, whose family is Tla-o-qui-aht, and have never given up hope of finding her. Learn more in this article by Shanon Sinn.