March 18, 2015
The HIVE, University of Winnipeg (515 Portage Ave)
The University of Winnipeg Institute for Women and Gender Studies and the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library present: How #WeCare: A Round Table Discussion.
Please join us Wednesday, March 18th from 5:30-7:30 pm at The Hive for a round table discussion. We will be joined by Leah Gazan of the We Care Campaign, Cheryl James of the Keewatin Otchitchak (Northern Crane) Traditional Women Singers, and Bear Clan Patrol, Rorie McLeod Arnould of the University of Winnipeg’s Students’ Association, and Michael Champagne of Meet Me at the Bell Tower. We will also be joined by Elder Hector Pierre. We will discuss how we express our care about missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit through various forms of activism and interventions, including the use of craft in the collective We Care Quilt.
The We Care Quilt is being made in recognition of the #WeCare Campaign, a campaign to engage Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians to take a united and firm stance to ensure that the safety of Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit. is realized in Canada. Individuals will be able to create a We Care Square as a physical representation of their care and commitment to this national crisis which will then be sewn into the collective quilt.
About the #WeCare Campaign:
The #WeCare campaign was established to engage Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians to take a united and firm stance to ensure the safety of Indigenous women and girls is realized in Canada. In 2013 James Anaya, former Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Issues for the United Nations, called the state of violence and the number of murdered and missing Indigenous women in Canada a national crisis. This has been noted in a recent report completed about violence against Indigenous women and girls by the RCMP in 2014. This is not just an Indigenous issue. This is an issue for all Canadians who value the safety of all children and women in our society.
The #WeCare campaign aims to educate the broader public about the serious crisis relating the violence against Indigenous women. It is an opportunity for all Canadians to demonstrate compassion, love and hope while putting pressure on all levels of government to support a national inquiry and immediate action to address this serious issue impacting families and communities across Canada.
The #WeCare Campaign is a firm statement of solidarity to let all levels of government in Canada know that #WeCare, and we will not stop until Indigenous women and girls can enjoy safety in cities, towns, and communities throughout Turtle Island.
This event is free and open to all! Snacks and refreshments will be provided. ASL and childminding will be provided.
The Hive is a wheelchair accessible venue. There is a single stall, accessible, gender inclusive washroom on the first floor in Manitoba Hall near the event. There are gender-inclusive washrooms on the 3rd floor in Manitoba Hall (which adjoins Centennial Hall), on the first floor in Centennial and the nearest Accessible washroom is on the first floor in Lockhart Hall (which is at the far end of the Centennial Building).