An art exhibit that is being installed in locations across the country in honour of missing and murdered Indigenous women and children is coming to Newmarket Sept. 28.
The Canadian Library exhibit, which features books wrapped in colourful Indigenous-inspired fabric, with the names of those lost printed on the spines, will officially launch at Newmarket Public Library on the main floor at 2 p.m. Sept. 28.
The stories of the individuals represented in the exhibit can be found on the Canadian Library’s website, according to a Newmarket library news release.
The goal is to continue to cover books over time to represent the lives of all those lost. Bookshelves will be across Canada in libraries, museums and participating businesses.
“We recognize the importance of shedding light on the violence Indigenous women and children are facing. The exhibit will ensure that they are not forgotten and will serve to honour them as individuals, not merely statistics,” says Tracy Munusami, the library’s CEO. “The hope is that the exhibit will inspire people to ask questions, self-educate and take action.”
All nations, customs and traditions were respected in creating the exhibit. It will serve to honour those lost by bringing into focus the violence against Indigenous women and girls that devastates families and communities. By doing so, it is hoped that it will encourage conversations that lead to change.
The Canadian Library exhibit at Newmarket Public Library will be located on the main floor and the official launch will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m., with the team involved in creating the project and Indigenous partners in attendance. No registration for this event is required and all are welcome to attend.
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