Bulkley Valley Artists Bring Attention to Missing Women

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Thirty-two artists representing 13 communities along Highway 16 created a powerful visual exhibition honouring missing women. The Bulkley Valley Community Arts Council partnered with the Northern Society for Domestic Peace to bring awareness of missing women. With $6,774 in funding from Innovations, the group also held author readings and traditional First Nations ceremonies. More than 250 people attended opening night events, with 560 attendees at the overall exhibit. Two families of missing or murdered women took part, along with the RCMP and local politicians, including the Mayor of Smithers. Also created was a community response piece created by over 60 community members. The document has travelled throughout Northern communities such as Terrace, Prince Rupert, and the University of Northern BC to initiate dialogue around the subject of violence towards women – especially First Nations women in the community.

Innovations invests in arts, cultural and heritage organizations wishing to create new opportunities for community members to participate in arts and cultural activities. The program is supported by the Province of British Columbia.