“Walking With Our Sisters” Commemorating Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada and the U.S.

The “Walking With Our Sisters” project will be wrapping up and beginning its journey across Canada and possibly into the United States in just over a month (it is currently booked through the beginning of 2018), but there is still time to participate for anyone interested.

If you are not familiar with this project, here is a description from project founder Christi Belcourt:

“Walking With Our Sisters” A Commemorative Art Installation for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada and the United States.

Although statistics in the U.S. are not available at present, In Canada, it is estimated that 600+ native women have gone missing or have been murdered in the last 20 years. Many have vanished without a trace with little to no concern paid by the media, the general public or politicians. This is a travesty of justice.

600+ moccasin tops are being created by hundreds of caring and concerned people to create one large collaborative art piece that will be installed for the public in various galleries and sites. They will be installed in a winding path of beaded vamps on cloth over a gallery floor. Viewers would need to remove their shoes to walk over the cloth and walk along the path.

 The exhibit is currently booked to tour across Canada and perhaps into the United States.

This project is about these women, paying respect to their lives and existence on this earth. They are not forgotten. They are sisters, mothers, daughters, cousins, grandmothers. They have been cared for, they have been loved, and they are missing.

A recording of traditional honour songs will also be created for the audio portion of the installation. A separate call to traditional singers anywhere in Turtle Island has gone out.

The due date for work is July 15, 2013. Mailed to Christi Belcourt, P.O. Box 5191, 133 Barber St., Espanola, ON, P5E 1A0. Send all work by a traceable package (Expedited, Registered, Express Post, etc.)

Donations towards the purchase of cloth, tobacco, shipping costs and other expenses directly related to the exhibit tour can be made by e-transfer to wwos@live.ca. Or directly to TD Canada Trust. Checks or money orders can be made out to Walking With Our Sisters and mailed.

All the work for the project is being done 100% by volunteers. No one is being paid for this work.

Link to the Facebook page for more information here.


6 thoughts on ““Walking With Our Sisters” Commemorating Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada and the U.S.

  1. Matt bushby June 9, 2013 / 7:49 am

    When will this great event come to wpg.

  2. Victoria Sweet June 9, 2013 / 8:58 am

    They are still open to adding additional exhibits. All exhibits are locally organized. Here is the schedule so far:
    Haida Gwaii Museum
    Haida Gwaii, BC
    August 23 – September 12, 2013
    Organizing artist: Marnie Smith

    University of Alberta
    Edmonton, AB
    September 30 – October 14, 2013
    Organizers: Andrea Menard, Tanya Kappo, Tara Kappo

    First Nations University Gallery
    Regina, SK
    November 4 – December 20, 2013
    Organizers: Judy Anderson & Katherine Boyer

    G’zaagin Art Gallery
    Parry Sound, ON
    Jan.1 – 31, 2014
    Organizing artist: Tracey Pawis

    Urban Shaman Gallery
    March 7 – April 12, 2013
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Organizing artists: Diana Warren & Marcel Balfour

    Aurora Cultural Centre
    Aurora, ON
    May 5 – June 26, 2014
    Organizing artist: Nathalie Bertin

    Thunder Bay Art Gallery
    Thunder Bay, ON
    September 6 – October 18, 2014
    Organizing Artist: Jean Marshall

    Saskatoon/Wanuskewin, SK
    November 1 – 30, 2014
    Organizing Artist: Felicia Gay

    TBC: Open Sky Creative Society Gallery
    Fort Simpson, NT
    Dates to be announced (tentatively Jan/Feb 2015)
    Organizer: Lynn Canney, Program Coordinator

    Yukon Arts Centre
    March 12 – May 15, 2015
    Whitehorse, Yukon
    Organizing artist: Lena White

    Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
    Santa Fe, NM
    August 2015
    Organizing Curator: Ryan Rice

    Gallery 101
    Ottawa, ON
    September/October 2015
    Organizing artists: Heather Wiggs & Laura Margita

    City of North Battleford
    Chapel Gallery
    North Battleford, SK
    February 1 – March 31, 2016
    Organizer: Leah Garven

    Macdonell-Williamson House
    Hawkesbury, ON
    July 1 – 31, 2016
    Organizing Artists: Anne Anderson & Laurie McClintock
    TBC: Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
    Almonte, ON
    August 10 – September 17, 2016
    Organizer: Michael Rikley-Lancaster, Executive Director / Curator

    K.B. Reynolds Mastin’s Gallery
    Debajehmujig Theatre Company
    Manitowaning, ON
    TBC: October /November 2016
    Organizing artist: Jessica Wilde-Peltier

    Akwesasne First Nation
    (location to be announced)
    Akwesasne Mohawk Territory
    March, 2017
    Organizer Dyan Swamp

    I-Hos Gallery
    Comox, BC
    May 1 – 15, 2017
    Organizer: Ramona Johnson

    Musée des Abénakis
    Odanak, Qc
    June 15 – July 16, 2017
    Organizer: Christine Siouiw

    Kanienkehaka Raohtitiohkwa Cultural Center
    Kahnawake Territory
    September/October 2017
    Organizer: Carla Hemlock

    Georgina Arts Centre and Gallery
    Sutton, Ontario
    Jan-March 2018
    Organizer: Suzanne Smoke

    TBC: Maple Ridge Art Gallery
    Maple Ridge, BC
    Dates to be announced
    Organizing artist: Lisa Sheppard

    Exhibit tour ends with traditional ceremony in Batoche, SK

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