National Ribbon Skirt Day – January 4th

January 4th is a National holiday to honor the ribbon skirt.
The skirt symbolizes womanhood, identity, adaptation and survival, a direct connection to Mother Earth and Grandmother Moon and its sacred medicines. Ribbon skirts are traditionally worn in ceremonies and during special events by Indigenous women, representing the person’s identity, diversity and strength.
Thank you to the Northern Health Regions Indigenous Elders/Knowledge keepers, Cynthia O’Nabigon and Isabelle Morris, for sharing their wisdom on the meaning behind the ribbon skirt while hosting workshops in a few of our facilities for staff and patients, making ribbon skirt pins.