• Image of Missing Women Pendant
  • Image of Missing Women Pendant

The number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada is disproportionately high. Indigenous women/girls represent about 4% of the population, but make up ~10% of female homicides in Canada.

On Aug 3, 2016 a big milestone was reached in this long journey of injustice. The federal govt announced a national inquiry into missing indigenous women and girls. It will look at the systemic issues, such as violence, poverty, cultural reasons, racism that add to the vulnerability of indigenous women - as well as examine the role of police, govt, coroners.

Inspired by the news reports, I came home from Canada and designed this pendant as a show of support for this national cause. Also inspired by the Walking With Our Sisters art exhibit: handcrafted moccasin tops only (uppers, vamp) to represent the missing women/girls lives that were cut short.

My pendant is a representation of a moccasin with a missing tongue. The missing women and girls need to be heard, and my hope is that the inquiry will spark more awareness and national dialogue.

Etched sterling silver on silver on bronze.

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