INVITATION LETTER TO FAMILIES & FRIENDS
Dear Families and Friends,
Walking With Our Sisters is an art installationthat honors the lives of our Indigenous women and girls – our mothers, ourdaughters, our sisters, our nieces, our cousins and our granddaughters – who have become missing and murdered. We invite you to join us at the premiere of this international touring art exhibit that opens at the Telus Centre’s Atrium (111 Street and 87 Avenue NW), University of Alberta in Edmonton on October 2, 2013, running through to October 13, 2013.
The exhibit will open with a ceremony on October 2, 2013, starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Telus Centre’s Atrium. Following the ceremony, the installation will be open to the public beginning at10:00 am on October 2, 2013. The regular hours for the duration of the October2 – 13, 2013, exhibit will be Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Visiting the exhibit is free of charge.
Also on the opening day, October 2, 2013, therewill be a Tea and Bannock Reception, hosted by the U of A Aboriginal Student Services Centre. This will be held at the Dinwoodie Lounge (2nd Floor,Students’ Union Building, University of Alberta at 8900 114 St NW) from 10:00am – 12:00 pm. You are more than welcome to this free event. Lead Coordinatorof WWOS, Métis artist Christi Belcourt will be in attendance forthe opening of the Exhibit and for the Tea and Bannock Reception.
In recognition of your relationship with the women and girls we honour, there will also be remembrance ribbons and a special guest book available for you. And, we would like to let you know that family members and friends are invited to bring forth an eagle feather or a hawk feather at anytime during the exhibit, as a remembrance to your loved one that will be attached to one of the to eagle staffs that are part of the exhibit. They were dreamed by Anishinaabe knowledge holder Peter “Alo” White (NaotkamegwanningFirst Nation, Treaty 3 Territory). One staff is in honour of those still missing and the other staff is in honour of those who have been murdered.
This project has already brought together thousands of people from North America and is increasingly becoming a form of justice and healing by bringing us together through art, ceremony, remembrance and community. We sincerely hope to see you during the exhibit as we honour and pay tribute to your loved ones.
If you have any questions, please contact Tanya Kappo by email: email@example.com
Tracy Bear, Tara Kappo, and Tanya Kappo
Edmonton Executive Planning Committee
Walking With Our Sisters
On the weekend of Sept 7 – 8, 2013 volunteers in Edmonton met to open the boxes for the first time and reflect on what the project means.
You can keep up to date on the Edmonton event by following the Facebook page here: Walking With Our Sisters – Edmonton.
Lead Organizers: Tanya Kappo, Tara Kappo, Tracy Bear
Want to volunteer? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org