Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Lucia & Shayla Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Fair address: Yellowknife Regional Learning Fair

Project: Walking With Our Sisters

Our project, Walking With Our Sisters, is about the missing and murdered Indigenous woman. Walking With Our Sisters is a massive art installation with more than 1700 pairs of vamps or moccasin uppers. Each pair represents a missing or murdered Indigenous woman's unfinished life.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing that we learned was that the small vamps represented children who never returned home from residential school. These innocent children were taken from their families and never seen again. The same is true of the 1181 woman women who also disappeared.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

We learned that the general social service is not collecting data on missing and murdered Indigenous women. It is our hope that by sharing our project that the women get the attention that they deserve. We also learned that 90% of the missing and murdered woman in Ontario were mothers. Aboriginal women and girls are the group that are at highest risk for experiencing violence in Canada.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

We can't imagine what the women and girls went through. They were probably worried for their lives while we live today with very few worries.

  • Abrielle - Young Citizen 2015

    Thank you for sharing this story.
    03/07/2015 10:29:36 PM

  • Atticus McIlraith

    This is a very powerful video that shows there are a lot of things to learn. Governments need to start paying attention. Makes me speach less. Thank you for bringing as awareness to this issue. Living in Manitoba we hear about this issue a lot and too many women go missing.
    03/07/2015 10:20:40 AM

  • Ritisha

    Nice music! It was a good video!
    02/07/2015 7:02:39 PM

  • Michael Main

    What a powerful statement and project on MMIW. Congratulations. You have already demonstrated that YOU CAN DO IT!
    01/07/2015 12:34:45 AM

  • Rae Panayi

    Good job Lucia and Shayla! And good luck!!!!
    17/06/2015 10:23:22 PM

  • David

    Hi nice video
    15/06/2015 6:21:56 PM

  • Stephanie Poole

    as always, you are all in my prayers <3 all my love <3
    15/06/2015 5:03:19 PM

  • Melaw

    Brave courageous work.
    13/06/2015 2:36:28 PM

  • Cheryl Burlington

    Thank you for telling us about such an important message.
    12/06/2015 1:37:20 PM

  • denise

    really good girls!
    11/06/2015 9:21:15 PM

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.