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A Commemorative Art Installation for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

A Commemorative Art Installation for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada and the United States

Over 600+ native women in Canada have been reported missing or have been murdered in the last 20 years. Many vanished without a trace with inadequate inquiry into their disappearance or murders paid by the media, the general public, politicians and even law enforcement. This is a travesty of justice.

Walking With Our Sisters is by all accounts a massive commemorative art installation comprised of 1,600+ moccasin vamps (tops) created and donated by hundreds of caring and concerned individuals to draw attention to this injustice. The large collaborative art piece will be made available to the public through selected galleries and locations. The work exists as a floor installation made up of beaded vamps arranged in a winding path formation on fabric and includes cedar boughs. Viewers remove their shoes to walk on a path of cloth alongside the vamps.

Each pair of vamps (or “uppers” as they are also called) represents one missing or murdered Indigenous woman. The unfinished moccasins represent the unfinished lives of the women whose lives were cut short. Together the installation represents all these women; paying respect to their lives and existence on this earth. They are not forgotten. They are sisters, mothers, aunties, daughters, cousins, grandmothers, wives and partners. They have been cared for, they have been loved, they are missing and they are not forgotten.

Walking With Our Sisters Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Walking With Our Sisters Facebook Group: Walking With Our Sisters

2014 Tour of WWOS Exhibition

January 10 – 28, 2014

Tower Hill Museum Hosted By G’zaagin Art Gallery

Parry Sound, ON

March 21 – April 12, 2014

Urban Shaman Gallery

Winnipeg, MB

Organizing artists: Diana Warren & Marcel Balfour

May 4 – 18, 2014

Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, Algoma University

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Organizer: Jonathan Dewar

June 23 -July 5, 2014

The NorVa Centre

Flin Flon, MB

Contacts: Mike Spencer & Doreen Leigh Roman

August 11 – 18, 2014

Metis Hall

The Pas, MB

Organizer: Suzanne Barbeau Bracegirdle

September 6 – October 18, 2014

Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Thunder Bay, ON

Organizing Artist: Jean Marshall

November 1 – 30, 2014

Saskatoon/Wanuskewin

Saskatoon/Wanuskewin, SK

Organizing Artist: Felicia Gay

Location : various locations across canada
Contact : http://walkingwithoursisters.ca/

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