Saskatoon art makes patchwork of hope for MMIWG hearings
Art workshop creates 150 squares with theme of ending violence
What does ending violence look like to you? That was the question asked of participants at an art event held by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Saskatoon.
The Friday event invited the public to draw or write on cloth squares that will be made into a blanket to be hung at hearings for the national inquiry.
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Jorgina Sunn, special advisor to Saskatchewan-based commissioner Marilyn Poitras, said the blankets were the vision of the inquiry's Grandmother's Advisory Council.
"The idea was to provide a safe space and so that safe space, I guess, was envisioned by having blankets in the area and the spaces that the hearings are going to be held," said Sunn.
Program includes incarcerated women
Separate to the open event, women behind bars also created squares to add to the blanket through the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan.
The same art workshop was offered to residents of transition houses for women fleeing domestic violence.
"I was also a survivor of those homes so it was really about including women to make blankets for our stolen sisters, Indigenous women and girls," said Sunn.
Poitras also attended the public Friday event. Sunn said it was an opportunity to engage with the community after criticism that the inquiry was taking too long.
"This is something that affects our country and our nation and violence is something that affects every human globally in some way," said Sunn.
"So creating community, creating these blankets, is just one way that the national inquiry is engaging community as a result of, you know, the open letter, and then the response from the chief commissioner."
Sunn said the blanket would be ready in time for the inquiry's first hearings in Whitehorse.