An art installation opens next week raising awareness of the murders and disappearances of over 500 Aboriginal women across Canada 

The University of Winnipeg’s Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies (IWGS) in partnership with local Métis artist Jaime Black launches the REDress Project on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 12:30-1:30 pm at the Duckworth Centre Lounge. This interdisciplinary on-campus art & education project aims to raise awareness surrounding the murders and disappearances of more than 500 Aboriginal women across Canada. The campus-wide installation of the REDress Project will take place during International Women’s Week, from March 7-12, 2011.

 “The inaugural installation of the REDress Project is a logical, and timely, extension of the collaborative projects that IWGS has been engaged in over the last several years with organizations such as the Coalition of Families of Missing and Murdered Women in MB, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the Art Building Community symposium,” explained Kim Hunter, IWGS Projects and Events Coordinator. “IWGS continues to focus on the ways in which art can be used in tandem with education to address the issues that affect our communities.”

The launch is an opportunity for the community to learn about the project, and get educational materials about the issue that can be shared in the classroom, workplace or home. Please consider donating a new or gently used RED dress of any size or style for installation in the project at the launch. For more information visit http://www.iwgs.ca/.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg

P: 204.988.7130, E: [email protected].