Opening reception: Friday, March 23, 6:30 PM
Of an estimated 4,200 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) in Canada, only 1,200 are recognized by the RCMP. On October 19, 2017 hundreds of people from Guelph gathered to demonstrate against this disparity and to demand a healthier shared future. Together they formed a human medicine wheel, in the colours of the four directions, to communicate that MMIW is a national issue, not just an Indigenous issue.
Through words and pictures, this exhibition encourages viewers to explore this crisis and prompts them to respond to contemporary colonialism. The I STAND #InUnity Project is led by four Indigenous women in Guelph – Brittany Luby, Kimberley Anderson, Cara Wehkamp, and Maria Shallard – with the support of ally and artistic consultant Peter Denton.