The Walking With Our Sisters Exhibit will open to the public on October 2, 2013 at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
For anyone not familiar with this exhibit, it originated with Métis artist Christi Belcourt, who was looking for a way to raise awareness about the 600+ missing or murdered Indigenous women in Canada. Her original plan was to have 600 moccasin vamps (uppers) made to symbolically represent these women. She sent out requests to the community to see if anyone would be willing to donate vamps to this project. The response to her call has far exceeded her expectations. The final number of vamps that have been created and donated to the project is now 1,723. This overwhelming response is a testament to the impact violence against women has had on Indigenous communities, not only in Canada but in the United States and other places around the world.
A site has been created with information about the project, the schedule of exhibits, pictures of the donated vamps, media releases, and more. Link here.
Previous coverage here.