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The REDress Project: Installation & Panel Discussion
From December 3 to 8, CAMH will host an outdoor installation of the REDress Project across the CAMH Queen Street site. The REDress Project
is an art installation of red dresses created by multidisciplinary artist of mixed Anishinaabe and Finnish descent Jaime Black in 2010 as a way to bring awareness to the ongoing tragedy of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit Peoples from gender and race-based violence in Canada, and throughout North America.
Jaime has said “through the installation of red dresses, I hope to draw attention to the gendered and racialized nature of violent crimes against Aboriginal women and to evoke a presence through the marking of absence. The Red Dress installation has travelled across Canada and the United States and is on permanent display at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, Canada.” Each empty red dress on a hanger symbolizes a lost life for an Indigenous woman or girl.
According to the Native Women’s Association of Canada, Indigenous women are almost three times more likely to be killed by a stranger than non-Indigenous women, and nearly half of these cases remain unsolved.
On December 6 from 12:00 to 1:30, please join us for MMIWG2S+ Voices: Indigenous Healing and Resistance
, an event presented by the CAMH Reconciliation Working Group to spotlight the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit Peoples.
This panel event
, taking place on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, will feature Jaime Black, Terrellyn Fearn, Snake Clan and member of Glooscap First Nation, Co-Director of Turtle Land Institute and former Director of Outreach and Support Services for the Canadian National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and Renee Linklater, member of Rainy River First Nations, Senior Director, Shkaabe Makwa, CAMH.
It will be moderated by Lori Spadorcia, SVP Public Affairs and Partnerships and Chief Strategy Officer, CAMH, and will include remarks from Tracey MacArthur, President and CEOof CAMH and a traditional opening from Diane Longboat, Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Shkaabe Makwa, CAMH.
We hope you will participate in this opportunity for learning and reflection by attending the panel event
on December 6, and the installation at our Queen Street Site from December 3 to 8.
If you are interested in learning more about this project or themes regarding MMIWG2S+, there will be takeaway materials at any Queen Street Site or College Street Site CAMH Information desk.
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