Cumberland College: MMIWG Conference & REDress Exhibition
March 10, 2020
Cumberland College is pleased to partner with the Marguerite Riel Centre to host “Living Beyond: A One Day Conference on Murdered and Missing Indigneous Women and Girls” at the Kerry Vickar Centre in Melfort today.Through her artwork she aims to create conversations around social and political issues and events with a strong focus on feminism and Aboriginal social justice. One of her many artistic projects, The REDress Project, focuses on missing and murdered women across Canada. Powerful displays of red dresses create a strong visual reminder of the vast number of Aboriginal women who are no longer with us. An exhibition of Black’s work is currently on display at the Kerry Vickar Centre in Melfort until March 12.
Gwenda Yuzicappi will share her heart wrenching story of searching for her missing daughter Amber Redman, and eventually receiving the devastating news that she had been found murdered. Gwenda has shared her story with the National Inquiry into MMIWG, the lessons learned and the changes that need to be made. She will share her emotional journey, healing, and hopes for the future.
Kristy Shaw will discuss her dysfunctional upbringing and a toxic substance addiction and how she rose to the top of a new world through survival, and self-determination. Her passion is helping women navigate struggles of identity, addictions, violence, anxiety and depression. Kristy uses her experiences in life to help others see that they have value, regardless of a person’s past.
Over 225 people are expected to register for the conference. Cumberland College Adult Basic Education, Office Administration, Continuing Care Assistant and Bachelor of Education students, as well as numerous staff will be in attendance.