Photo project raises awareness for missing and murdered indigenous women
Photographer Stephanie Cooney says she wanted to speak up and help
A photo project in Saskatoon is raising awareness about missing and murdered indigenous women.
Stephanie Cooney, who runs Reflections Photography, worked with indigenous models who wore red dresses in various places around the city.
"It was very interesting to me. It was something different I wanted to try, to do something new," Cooney said. "And I wanted to speak up and help."
Red dresses have become synonymous with the cause after the REDress project toured the country. That visual art installation was to draw attention to the gendered and racial nature of violent crimes against aboriginal women by hanging red dresses in a public site.
Cooney was also inspired by the No More Stolen Sisters campaign through Amnesty International.
Cooney said photography is her way of communicating and raising awareness.
"My photos, they are pretty powerful. They are trying to show what goes on," she said.
"I would love to do more and raise awareness and try to get more out of it. Try to show the world what is going on."
Cooney shared the project through Reflections Photography's Facebook page.