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Old 04-28-2013, 10:53 PM   #1
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Over 600+ native women in Canada are reported missing or murdered in the last 20 years. Many vanished without a trace with inadequate inquiry into their disappearance or slaying paid by the media, the general public, politicians and even law enforcement. This is a travesty of justice.

Walking With Our Sisters is a commemorative art installation of 600+ moccasin vamps (tops) created and donated by over 700 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 exhibit will tour to 18 locations in Canada, with talks to bring it to the United States.

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 throughout the duration of the exhibition. Each pair of vamps represents one missing or murdered indigenous woman. The unfinished moccasins represent the unfinished lives of the women whose lives were cut short by murder. Collectively together the vamps represent 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 have not been forgotten.

This project is being entirely run by volunteers. No one is getting paid for creating the work or managing the project. Our biggest purchase will be for the red and grey cloth that will cover the gallery floors. We also need to raise funds to ship the work to Haida Gwaii. We are trying to do all of this project WITHOUT government funding.

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Some amazing submissions for an honorable cause. Deadline is in mid July should anyone want to submit

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OHMIGOSH!! Made me cry! I had no idea there were SO MANY missing women.
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That is an amazing project and hopefully one which will bring the issues to better light.
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