January 3, 2024

National Ribbon Skirt Day

January 4 is National Ribbon Skirt Day in Canada. Mary (left) and Phoebe (right) Rabbitskin, Grade 9 student from Westcliffe Composite School will be among thousands of Indigenous women, girls and allies across Canada who will show their pride, strength and resilience by wearing ribbon skirts.

Ribbon Skirts are an item of clothing traditionally worn by Indigenous women and are a symbol of resilience and cultural pride. During National Ribbon Skirt Day, Indigenous women are encouraged to wear their ribbon skirts to demonstrate their pride, strength and resilience.

National Ribbon Skirt Day was first declared in 2023, after Isabella Kulak, a ten-year-old student and member of the Cote First Nation near Kamsack was discouraged from wearing her Ribbon Skirt to a formal school event. Indigenous women, girls and allies showed their support for Isabella by posting images of themselves online in ribbons skirts. This support was so overwhelming that National Ribbon Skirt Day was declared.

View the links below for more information about Ribbon Skirts and National Ribbon Skirt Day.

Happy National Ribbon Skirt Day 2023 – Indigenous Perspectives Society

Celebrating National Ribbon Skirt Day – Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

The First National Ribbon Skirt Day was a Stylish and Powerful Movement – Vogue Magazine.