From a distance you see a wrapped-up cloth laid on the street. Underneath it is an Indigenous blanket. You look closely and there seems to be red markings that look like blood on the cloth. What do you do?
As a social experiment, the artist of this guerrilla art display placed the piece on various streets in Calgary, Canada and started filming the public’s reactions. This art piece questions settler and immigrants lack of responsibility and urgency about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans & Two-Spirits in Canada. The artist of this project hopes to evoke empathy and a sense of urgency in society to intervene with this injustice.
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans & Two-Spirits in Canada is a human rights crisis that has only recently become a topic of discussion within national media. In 2015, the RCMP reported that while aboriginal women represent just 4.3% of Canada’s female population, they represent 16% of female homicide victims and 11% of missing persons cases involving women. We can't ignore the patterns that are being repeated again and again in the lives of these women. Until the root causes are addressed, the violence will continue. This art piece asks WHY Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans & Two-Spirits are seen as disposable in our colonial society and what are YOU doing to help end this?
This art display was created to spark discussions among settlers and immigrants about their ignorance relating to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans & Two-Spirits in Canada.
View some Unsolved Cases of Indigenous Women and Girls.