Local Indigenous musicians from Calgary and the Treaty 7 area will perform in Spring 2018 in honor of Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). All to raise funds in support of bringing the Walking With Our Sisters commemorative art exhibit to Calgary and hosted at Mount Royal University.

Walking With Our Sisters group held an event June, 17th and had Sam Whitney, Markus Van Lunges, Iam Drezus, Forrest Eaglespeaker, White Elk, Joey Pringle, Wendy Walker, and Brooklyn Fraser, play at the Calgary downtown Royal Canadian Legion in support of missing Indigenous Women.

Walking With Our Sisters Calgary is a grassroots group of people, indigenous and non-indigenous, that are working collaboratively to fundraiser and bring the Walking With Our Sisters commemorative art exhibit, in honor of Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women, to Calgary, Alberta for the Spring of 2018 (April 29 – May 13, 2018). The exhibit will be hosted at Mount Royal University – Riddell Library & Learning Centre.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WWOSCalgary/


Every day, there is a new face to add to the multitude of the missing and murdered indigenous women.  More families are left without answers and the list that is already too long continues to grow.  It needs to stop.

Walking with Our Sisters is a commemorative art installation to honor the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada; to acknowledge the grief and torment the families of these women continue to suffer, and to raise awareness of this issue and create opportunity for broad based community dialogue.
It has been traveling across Turtle Island for the past 5 years, and has helped bring some healing to each community to has visited.

A group of individuals in the Calgary area have come together to bring this commemoration to our city in the spring of 2018. This beautiful and moving exhibit is entirely crowd-sourced and grassroots funded. The cost to host in a city Calgary’s size is large and we need your help.

We believe that people hear about the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women issue and want to help but do not know where to start.  By making a donation, you will help bring this commemoration to Calgary.  You will help with hosting costs and promotional events.  More importantly you will help create conversations and relationships between Calgary and its Indigenous Communities. You will be able to see a personal side to this national tragedy and the resiliency of Indigenous Peoples. You can help honor those who have been lost, and create a place for healing for those that have been left behind.  We believe that this will make a difference in the lives of those who are personally touched by this issue but also, Calgary as a whole.

https://www.gofundme.com/bringWWOStoCalgary


The History of Walking with Our Sisters

In July, 2012 Christi Belcourt put an open call to artists to contribute a pair of moccasin tops (“uppers” or “vamps”) for the Walking with Our Sisters art installation. A further request was made for traditional songs to be submitted to create the audio portion of the installation. In March 2014, a third request was made to those families who are affected by Residential Schools to submit children’s vamps in order to recognize and honor the many children that never returned home having died in a residential school.
Initially, the goal was to collect 600 pairs of vamps, each pair to represent an Indigenous woman or girl believed to have been murdered or were still missing according to a report by The Native Women’s Association of Canada (citation link). Within a short period, Christi Belcourt received 1,725 pairs, almost triple the initial goal. Today, 1808 pairs, as well as 117 children’s vamps have been submitted or the art installation.
Contributing artists are from all walks of life: Indigenous and non-Indigenous; male, female and two-spirited; old and young, from Canada, the United States, and from outside North America. The funding and other contributions for the project is entirely crowd-sourced using social media, for instance the vamps, communications, tobacco and sage, and the call for volunteers.

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