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Feathers for Our Women

Feathers for Our Women: Honouring the Lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Transgender and Two-Spirit Peoples (MMIWGT2S) is a Canada-wide outreach initiative aimed towards youths to raise awareness about MMIWGT2S and violence prevention education in communities. 

In July, Shades of Our Sisters will create a Feathers for Our Women installation in the theatre at St. Vladimir Institute. People all across Canada are invited to make paper feathers, which Cree artist Waylon Goodwin will craft into mobiles, each feather representing a life of a MMIWGT2S.

Join us for a film screening followed by a craft session to make feathers out of paper and write about respect and love for a woman in your life.

Kosa Studio, 4 Bellwoods Ave

6 PM
Film Screening - THE ROAD FORWARD
dir. Marie Clements, 1 hr 41 min. 2017, NFB

7:45 PM - 10 PM
Drop in dessert, tea, discussion
Crafting feathers
(outside in Trinity Bellwoods Park, weather permitting)

Everyone is welcome!!! Family friendly. Free.

Named by the families of Sonya Cywink and Patricia Carpenter, Shades of Our Sisters originates from an old Ojibwe understanding. Within this teaching, Shades are said to be what is left behind on this earth when a person’s spirit passes to the Land of their Ancestors. Shades of Our Sisters is an Indigenous-student collaboration which aims to honour the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Transgender and Two Spirit peoples by celebrating the love and memories which they have left with us. In an attempt to bring a compassionate approach to how these stories are told, the project focuses on how these women lived and how they are loved. The families of Sonya Cywink and Patricia Carpenter are the producers of the project and the Ryerson team is honoured to work with them to tell their stories.

Earlier Event: June 21
Kupalo celebration
Later Event: August 21