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No more stolen sisters: honouring MMIWG2S+ in special display

Items from sacred bundle of National Inquiry in Level 1 Gallery until Sunday

5 red dresses of different sizes and designs are displayed on mannequins. Partially obscured.

CMHR, Aaron Cohen

News release details

Items from the sacred bundle of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people will be shared in the Museum’s Level 1 Gallery as part of a special display to mark National Day of Awareness for MMIWG2S+.

The sacred bundle includes hundreds of artistic expressions created by family members, friends, survivors, artists and others during the National Inquiry. As part of the National Inquiry’s Legacy Archive, the items were entrusted and welcomed to the care of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in 2021.

Included in the display will be a series of red dresses, quilts, banners, photographs, moccasins, a cradleboard, clothing and a wide selection of other items. Each item to be displayed was selected from the sacred bundle by affected loved ones of the MMIWG2S+ community. Many of these loved ones will be on site to care for the items throughout the three‐day display. Support persons for visitors will also be on site.

In addition, a large projection of a red dress will be shown on the exterior of the Museum starting the evening of May 4. The REDress Project, by artist Jaime Black, is permanently on display in the Museum’s Canadian Journeys gallery and can also be viewed.

The items will be on display in the Level 1 Gallery from Friday, May 5 until Sunday, May 7.

There will be no admission fees to visit the display. Admission to the entire Museum is free after 5:00 p.m. on Fridays.

WHAT: Special display of items from MMIWG2S+ national inquiry

WHEN: Friday, May 5 to Sunday, May 7

WHERE: Level 1 Gallery, CMHR, 85 Israel Asper Way

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