MMIW Mural

In collaboration with a local indigenous artist Jesse Gouchey and the Miywasin Friendship Centre Youth Development Program spent a weekend in October of 2019 redesigning and painting the 1st street underpass mural. Together youth, artists and community members worked together to raise awareness and bring attention to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. 

The mural was constructed to show the dark and tangled times our women are facing in Canada today. The red dress flows across the mural and ends with the loose flowing fabric surrounding a jingle dress dancer. The increasing vibrancy and colours as well as details in the dancer show the resiliency and strength of our women, community and people. 

The REDress Project was started by Canadian Artist Jamie Black to bring awareness to the thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The act of hanging a Red dress in the windows, trees, fences or hallways brings a visual reminder to the increasing number of women who are no longer with us. The red dress is a statement to the racialized nature of violent crimes against Indigenous women in Canada.      

Indigenous women 15 years and older are 3.5 times more likely to experience violence than non-Indigenous women. 

Between 1997 and 2000, homicide rates of Indigenous females were almost 7 times higher than non-Indigenous 

Indigenous women aged 25-44 are five times more likely than women of the same age to die as a result of violence.

After the 2015 Canadian federal election, the Liberal government announced a national inquiry for the missing and murdered women and girls. The final report was published June 3rd, 2019 titled “Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.” 

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