The We Care Quilt (2015-2016) is a community made quilt engaging Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to take a stance against violence against Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people. Individuals were able to make manifestations of their care by crafting a We Care Square.
The project was facilitated by the University of Winnipeg’s Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies (Roewan Crowe, Christina Hajjar, & Erin Schwartz), the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library (Marieke Gruwel & Andrea Reichert) and the We Care Campaign MMIW (Leah Gazan & Raine Hamilton). It was assembled and hand-quilted by Tracy Popp & Judy Stewart.
During the making of the quilt we held craft sessions and a round table discussion. After it was completed the quilt attended Take Back the Night in Fall 2015 and Sarasvàti Productions’ International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues: Stolen Sisters in Spring 2016.
The quilt became permanently installed outside the Hive at UWinnipeg in Winter 2017 to continue engaging campus and community members through this collective work of craftivism.
The unveiling event was a collaboration with the Women’s Memorial March of Manitoba on February 14, 2017 to honour MMIWG2S. The event was co-organized by the quilt’s collaborators, the Women’s Memorial March of Manitoba, and the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA).
Care to Quilt!, UWinnipeg.