Spreading love for missing and murdered indigenous women

Mishelle Lavoie and Marie Speakmann - Photo credit Brandon Maher

Residents across the NWT are invited to show their support for indigenous women through art.

The Native Women’s Association is collecting hand made beaded hearts that are being created to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women.

“The hearts are supposed to represent the missing and murdered indigenous women in the NWT and as well as Canada to honour them and let the people know we haven’t forgotten. The purpose of these hearts is that we are going to try to put together a tapestry. And with this tapestry we would like to display it at inquiries or any events regarding the women and we’re hoping to offically display it on October 4th, 2017 at the Sisters in Spirit Walk.” – Mishelle Lavoie, Service Navigator Coordinator for the Native Women’s Association.

The beaded hearts can be made for a specific person.

“Up in the north there’s lots of people that are very talented with their embroidery, bead work and all kinds of material that they use. By doing this project it’s letting everyone know that they are not forgotten and that we’re still thinking about them and we love them.” – Marie Speakman, Victim Service Worker for the Native Women’s Association.

To send a beaded heart to the Native Women’s Association call 1 – 867- 873 – 5509 or mail the artwork to 4902 50 Ave, Yellowknife, NT X1A 3R7.

Beaded hearts – Photo Credit Brandon Maher

About the Author

Brandon Maher
Brandon Maher is a feature reporter with CKLB who comes from the muggy-air filled streets of Cambridge, Ontario. A graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Niagara College, Brandon has also worked with Rogers TV in Kitchener and Shaw TV in Calgary. For questions, concerns and story ideas contact Brandon at 867-446-6417.

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