Wednesday, November 11, 2015

DU Awareness Project on Violence Against Native/Indigenous Women--Information Tables and Campus Vigil

Red dresses will be installed in Museum Square this week as part of an art installation project by Winnipeg artist Jaime Black. The installation is designed to draw attention to missing and murdered indigenous women. (Submitted photo)

   This is one installation of the Reddress project by Jamie Black. Jamie Black, an artist and a Metis activist, created the Redress Project Installation about 1200 missing women at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg in 2014 which is also part of a flyer for the events below (this blog program would not reproduce that image).  See here and here for more information on it; listen here for an interview with Black.


    Students in Billy Stratton's Native American Literature are having an informational table about the violence against indigenous women in North America on Driscoll Bridge today from 11-4 and tomorrow evening, after a film about the Sand Creek Massacre, are holding a vigil.  I urge everyone in the area to come.


"Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

Please see the attached flyers regarding activities organized by students in my Native American literature course addressing the ongoing crisis of violence against Native American and Indigenous women in North America. 

Students will be on Driscoll Bridge tomorrow from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm to share information, poetry, stories and art in honor and remembrance. Feel free to drop by to show your support and to learn more about ways to address this serious problem.

In addition, there will be a candlelight vigil following the screening of the Colorado Experience film on the Sand Creek Massacre, with Q&A to follow on Thursday, Nov 11 from 6:00 to 8:00 in Sturm 151.

RSVP for the film (and dinner at 5:30) is available here:

The vigil will commence around 8:00pm and is open to all members of the DU and Denver community. 

We hope to see you there!

Dr. Billy J. Stratton
Associate Professor
Department of English
IRISE | Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In) Equality
University of Denver

Buried in Shades of Night: Contested Voices, Indian Captivity, and the Legacy of King Philip's War--


    In Jamie Black's words 

     "Indigenous women are five times more likely to have their lives end in violent fashion than other Canadian women.

      The violence is “ in my opinion, because we live in a colonized country.”

     “Colonization is based on violence against indigenous people — especially indigenous women,” she said. “There is never an equal relationship or respect for each other. It was never established and is still not established.”

      Black said projects like the The REDress serve to inform about “indigenous people's experiences and racism.”


    For the massive violence against indigenous women in the US as well as the kidnapping of children - see here.

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