Patchwork quilt honours Manitoba's missing and murdered women

Manitoba's missing and murdered women were remembered Saturday as a quilt to honour them was unveiled at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Artwork part of WAG exhibit on women, violence and art

A quilt made by the families of missing and murdered Manitoba women was unveiled Saturday at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. It honours the victims and is meant to help the families heal. (Andrea Ratuski/CBC)

Manitoba's missing and murdered women were remembered Saturday as a quilt to honour them was unveiled at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

The work was made by the families of 35 victims.

It's a project between the province and the WAG.

Manitoba's Special Advisor on Aboriginal Women’s Issues, Nahanni Fontaine, spearheaded the project.

'Wiping away the Tears' was conceived to honour the victims and help their families heal.

Family members designed their own patches that were made into the quilt.  

The province says the quilt will then travel to other events.

"That was the families' way of best illustrating and exemplifying how much they miss and love their loved ones, how much they're seeking justice for their loved ones," she said.

The quilt is on display at the WAG as a part of an exhibition called 'Off the Beaten Path: Women, Violence and Art,' which runs until April 20.