Monument at The Forks, Winnipeg
A monument honouring Manitoba’s missing and murdered women and girls was unveiled on Tuesday, August 12, 2014. It stands at The Forks in Winnipeg, the historic junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers that served as a meeting place for aboriginals for centuries.
The two-metre-high granite statue provides relatives a place to grieve loved ones who were killed or have disappeared. Read CBC article.
The monument, the first of its kind in Canada, is a joint project between the province and the Ka Ni Kanichihk aboriginal cultural centre. Leslie Spillett, executive director at Ka Ni Kanichihk, called the monument a “testament to the need and benefit of community engagement and government partnership.” Read Winnipeg Free Press article.
Police headquarters in Saskatoon
Saskatoon police service unveils monument created by Lionel Peyachew, on Friday, May 5, 2017. Read article.
“When Lionel Peyachew was studying in Calgary, his roommate went missing. Her body was discovered years later, but the memories persist to this day.
The artist read many stories of aboriginal women before finding one which stood out to him. A mother was describing her missing daughter’s fancy dance, and the way she moved around the circle.
“When she watched her daughter dance, it was like watching an eagle in flight dancing on a cloud,” Peyachew said.
That image led him to design a dancer in movement above a cloud surrounded by stone pillars bearing the stories of missing and murdered women.
“So families can be able to tell their stories and have them read by the public,” he said.
Peyachew said he wants to encourage happier thoughts of the women’s lives and who they were in hopes of creating a better future.”
Design for a monument to Sagkeeng First Nation’s missing and murdered
A model of a statue designed by family members of missing and murdered women and girls was unveiled in Sagkeeng First Nation on Sunday, October 15, 2017.
The design of the six-foot-high statue, representing an indigenous girl dressed in full regalia, was designed in consultations with families whose loved ones, male and female alike, have gone missing or been murdered.
A CBC analysis showed that Sagkeeng has the highest number of unsolved cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls from a single community in all of Canada. Read full article.