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Walking With Our Sisters

Walking With Our Sisters. Vamps
Walking With Our Sisters. Vamps

Walking With Our Sisters
Vamps
14 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)

Volunteering
Please contact wwoshfxvolunteer@gmail.com to volunteer.

Group Visits
Please contact wwoshfxgroups@gmail.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.

Hours
Art Gallery hours for the duration of the Walking With Our Sisters:

Saturday January 14 Opening Ceremony, 2pm
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Sunday January 15 Noon-5pm
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Monday January 16 closed
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Tuesday January 17 11am-5pm
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Wednesday January 18 11am-8pm
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Thursday January 19 through
Sunday January 22 11am - 5pm
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Monday January 23 closed
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Tuesday January 24 11am-5pm
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Wednesday January 25 11am-8pm
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Thursday January 26 through
Tuesday January 31 11am-5pm
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Wednesday February 1 11am-1pm
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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.

Acknowledgments
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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