Students from across Fanshawe's four campuses are engaging in a meaningful art project to raise awareness of the more than 1,200 missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) in Canada over the past 30 years.
The REDress Project, created by Winnipeg-based Métis artist Jaime Black, features empty red dresses to symbolize the scope of the issue and bring attention to the ongoing National Inquiry into the Canada-wide epidemic.
"Bringing the REDress Project to campus gives students the opportunity to acknowledge and learn more about the national epidemic of MMIW," says Leah Marshall, Fanshawe's sexual violence prevention advisor, who is co-leading the project in conjunction with the College's First Nations Centre. "As we strive to create a campus that is free from violence, events like this reinforce that we all have a role to play in facilitating that change. Together, we promote the message of strength, resilience and the power of standing up for one another."
During the event, students will be invited to paint canvas pieces that will be combined to make the image of an Indigenous woman. The final product will be assembled using pieces painted by students from all of Fanshawe's campuses.
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus, 634 Ireland Rd, Simcoe, ON.
For further information, please contact Corporate Communications.