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The Red Shawl Campaign -FR and SJ

Author: myUNB News

Posted on Oct 10, 2018

Category: News and Notices

During the week of October 16-19, the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre at the University of New Brunswick hosts The Red Shawl Campaign, to bring awareness to the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada. This is the 4th year for the Red Shawl Campaign, this campaign was a vision of UNB’s Elder-in-residence Imelda Perley. The Red shawl is a symbol of protection; this is what young girls earn in her footsteps to becoming a woman. When we, as adult women wear shawls, as grandmothers, mothers, sisters and aunties, we embrace the gift of healing. It is in this healing that we move forward to a platform of justice.

The Red Shawl Campaign creates a space for action and for healing. It helps persons join together to honour these women and to pay respect to their lives and existence on earth. It provides support and a safe space for families and friends to share and heal. This year, The Red Shawl Campaign is proud to announce that Indigenous advocate,  film maker and host of the TV show Taken about Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Lisa Meeches will be joining the campaign for the week.

The Red Shawl Campaign has also partnered again this year with the Atlantic Ballet Theatre to bring it’s Ghosts of Violence to the stage. This ballet has been creatively adapted to honour the Indigenous women of the Wabanaki territory – The Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqiyik, and the Passamaquoddy.  By weaving dance with Indigenous culture, music and language, Ghosts of Violence, has embarked an emotional expression of the Indigenous women we have lost.   

The Ghosts of Violence honouring the Missing and Murdered Indigenous women will be one of several events that will be included throughout the week including, the Red Shawl Exhibit, open discussion with Lisa Meeches, Candlelight Vigil,  Academic and Activist Panel. These events will be hosted at Marshall d’Avray Hall on the Fredericton campus. Film screening of Taken will be at NBCC Fredericton, and the Red Shawl Healing walk will begin Friday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. in front of the Fredericton City Hall.


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