Walking With Our Sisters

Jun 1st, 2015 - Jun 21st, 2015

A Commemorative Memorial for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada and the United States

Over 1,181+ native women and girls in Canada have been reported missing or have been murdered in the last 30 years. Many vanished without a trace with inadequate inquiry into their disappearance or murders paid by the media, the general public, politicians and even law enforcement. This is a travesty of justice.

Walking With Our Sisters is by all accounts a massive commemorative memorial installation comprised of 1,763+ pairs of moccasin vamps (tops) plus 108 pairs of children’s vamps created and donated by hundreds of 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 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.

Each pair of vamps (or “uppers” as they are also called) represents one missing or murdered Indigenous woman. The unfinished moccasins represent the unfinished lives of the women whose lives were cut short. The children’s vamps are dedicated to children who never returned home from residential schools. Together the installation represents 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 are not forgotten.

For more information visit http://walkingwithoursisters.ca/ 

VISITOR INFORMATION

The MAG will become a sacred space during the time that we are honoured to host Walking With Our Sisters. WWOS is a commemorative memorial installation that is using vamps or the tops of moccasins to honour the lives of the missing and murdered Indigenous women. The vamps are unfinished moccasins that represent the unfinished lives of the Indigenous women and girls who have gone missing or have been murdered.

About protocol as a visitor
The space you will enter is set up as ceremony, a ceremony of remembrance, honoring, love and healing.  Underneath the carpet and fabric is sage.  As you move through the space on the red path, you are always walking on a path of sage.  This is done to ensure the safety and sanctity of the sacredness of the items in the bundle, the vamps, the eagle staffs, the buffalo skull, pipe, etc. Women are invited to wear skirts while in the space, should you choose, we have some available to borrow.  While in the space, please observe there is no food/drink; no cell phones; no picture or video taking; no outdoor footwear; and no picking up or touching of the vamps.

Smudging will occur in the space. Smudging is using 4 medicines to cleanse our physical and spiritual selves. You are invited to smudge before entering the sacred space. Please be aware that those with allergies or asthma may be affected by the smoke produced by smudging.
Notice about regular museum activities

Out of respect for this important memorial, the MAG's history exhibition Remarkable Red Deer: Stories from the Heart of the Parkland will be closed the entire duration of WWOS. Our MAGnificent Saturdays Programs and MAGsparks programs will continue to check in at the front desk then will be moved next door to one of the studios at the Recreation Centre.

Walking With Our Sisters Red Deer Hours

May 9th: Storytelling for Adults & Stew Cook Off Fundraising event at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery - We raised over $4000! Thank to you our community for your support.

May 23 @ 12pm: Feast Skirt Making Workshop at Red Deer Aboriginal Employment Services, #202 4909 48 St., Red Deer, AB in the B.E.S.T. Classroom - Lower Level. Fee is $30, all proceeds go to Walking With Our Sisters. Material will be provided by RDAES, please contact Norma at 403-358-7734 or n.gauthier@rdaes.com to register.

May 25 & 26 screening of Highway of Tears Documentary at the Welikoklad Event Centre, 4922 49 Street, downtown Red Deer. Doors open at 6pm, screening begins at 7pm. Thank you to Red Deer College for partnering for this fundraising event for Walking With Our Sisters. Suggested cash or cheque*  donation of $15 at the door. *Please note all cheques must be made out to the Red Deer & District Museum Society.

HOURS OF OPERATION for Walking With Our Sisters

June 1st - OPENING

Closed Mondays June 8 & 15th

Tuesday, Wednesday 10am-4:30pm
Thursdays 10am-8pm
Fridays 10am-4:30pm
Weekends 12pm-5pm

Closing Day: June 21, National Aboriginal Day, 12-8pm

National Aborginal Day Celebrations, 12-4:30pm in Heritage Square

Please note June 1-21 the history exhibition Remarkable Red Deer will be temporarily CLOSED.

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