Jaime Black is collecting 500 red dresses, one for every missing or murdered aboriginal woman across Canada.
In Manitoba alone, there are more than 170 missing or murdered women.
"It's a garment women wear to look beautiful but it's also a representation of the racialization and sexualized violence against aboriginal women," said Black.
As a Métis woman, Black said she is interested in activism around women's issues.
Rather than set up the exhibit in an art gallery, she plans to place 100 of the dresses in trees throughout the downtown to bring the issue to the forefront.
"I think if you see that symbol over and over…the weight of the issue will resonate with people," said Black.
Below: "Some of the dresses collected by Jaime Black will be hung in downtown Winnipeg."