Gender diversity and inclusion champions Time for Equality examine the murders and disapperances of aboriginal women in Canada in the last of their Expressions of Humanity series.
It is estimated that over the last 30 years more than 1200 Aboriginal women have been murdered and many more are missing or not reported. Finding the Patterns – Indigenous Women of Canada will create a visual and verbal landscape to allow people to discover the indigenous people of today and demonstrate how reviving traditions of their culture are a key to breaking the cycle.
To explain in further detail, Lyn Kay, an Indigenous Fashion Designer who is active in her communities will tell her story and also display some of her designs. Kay is a First Nation of Cree, Ojibway and of Scottish descent. She will share her story of growing up in Canada surrounded by racism, poverty, alcohol, abuse and violence and how she created her own change with education and practicing and knowing her culture. Kay has spent 30 years working for the betterment of her people through roles in groundbreaking initiatives in Aboriginal health. Always passionate about fashion design and creation, in 1996 she began her own studio, Ringing Bell Robes. Lyn uses her designs and fashion shows to raise funds and to create awareness about issues in the indigenous community; Homelessness, Addictions, Violence and Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women) and Two Spirits (MMIW2S) and to encourage youth participatory learning.
This work will be complemented by art installations from a local Inuit artist, Heather Carroll, of StoneDreams, who has created from her studio in Luxembourg for more than 27 years.
Attendees will also be able to watch demonstration of a traditional Jingle dance which is used in ceremonies for healing.