On Monday, November 13th, I had the pleasure of visiting St. Joseph’s College School and learning about their amazing efforts in raising awareness on the subject of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. A group of girls at the school alongside their art teacher, Paul Sabyan, have been working on a Red Dress Project to bring attention to this national tragedy. Inspired by artist Jamie Black, the installation is a moving tribute, as well as a remarkable example of the initiative and dedication of students, and the increasing recognition within schools that Indigenous issues are Canadian issues.
Meeting the students and teachers behind this project was an honour. I am thrilled to know that there are so many bright and community minded youth.
Many thanks to Principal Lesniak who organized this visit and to art teacher Paul Sabyan for supporting his students in putting this wonderful project together. I look forward to coming back soon!