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Walking With Our Sisters
Walking With Our Sisters14 Jan 2017 – 1 Feb 2017
Walking With Our Sisters is a commemoration honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirited people through ceremony, community and reflection. It presents more than 1800 pairs of moccasin tops (vamps) made by contributing artists. The moccasins are unfinished, symbolizing over 1180 sisters, mothers, aunties, daughters, cousins, grandmothers, wives and partners whose lives were tragically cut short over the last thirty years. Many have vanished without a trace, and their cases have often been inadequately investigated, neglected or ignored.
The vamps are arranged on the floor in a winding formation and visitors remove their shoes to walk alongside them on a pathway of cloth, to show solidarity and respect. Organized by local Elders and volunteers and guided by the Walking With Our Sisters National Collective, this community-based project holds space for ceremony and healing. Those who are gone were cared for, they were loved, and they are not forgotten.
Welcoming / Pjila'si
14 January at 2pm (more details to follow)
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
Please contact email@example.com to schedule a school or group visit.
Check the WWOS facebook group for regular updates
Information for Visitors
Walking With Our Sisters is a memorial. The project is guided by local Elders and community members, and informed by traditional protocols and acts of ceremony. As such, footwear is to be removed before entering the ceremonial space. It is traditional for women to wear skirts in ceremony; skirts are available to borrow if desired. All visitors will be asked to carry a (provided) tobacco tie while walking through the memorial, and deposit it in a box at the end of the visit. The tobacco from this box is burned daily, sending visitors' prayers to the Sisters. Additionally, sage is frequently burnt within the space. This is known as smudging. While there will be extra ventilation in place, some of the scent and smoke remain, cleansing the space for the Sisters.
Art Gallery hours for the duration of the Walking With Our Sisters:
Saturday January 14 Opening Ceremony, 2pm
Sunday January 15 Noon-5pm
Monday January 16 closed
Tuesday January 17 11am-5pm
Wednesday January 18 11am-8pm
Thursday January 19 through
Sunday January 22 11am - 5pm
Monday January 23 closed
Tuesday January 24 11am-5pm
Wednesday January 25 11am-8pm
Thursday January 26 through
Tuesday January 31 11am-5pm
Wednesday February 1 11am-1pm
Walking With Our Sisters closes to the public on Wednesday, 1 February at 1pm. A private closing ceremony for family members will be held later that day.
Grants from Arts Nova Scotia and the Halifax Regional Municipality are gratefully acknowledged. We also thank these generous contributors: Calvin Presbyterian Church, Mission & Outreach; Government Services Union-PSAC; Kairos Ottawa; Kairos Halifax; Public Service Alliance of Canada; PSAC Area Council; The Sisters of Charity; Women’s Community Space and YWCA Halifax.
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