Flowered is a collaboratively produced art installation that recognizes, commemorates, and remembers missing and murdered Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Beginning in September 2015, BFA student Damien Potts, Lori Myers, an Aboriginal Student Advisor in the Faculty of Arts, and Genevieve Jacques, a member of the U of A’s Community Social Work Team, have provided members of the campus community and the broader public the opportunity to create the flowers that comprise this installation.
Each flower signifies the stolen life of an Indigenous person. Though the majority of Indigenous people to have gone missing and been murdered in Canada over the last several decades have been women, Flowered honors the memory of transgendered and two-spirited people as well as men and boys whose lives have also been cut short. Visitors are encouraged to reflect on the missing and to create their own commemorative flower that will be added to the gallery wall. To learn more about this pressing issue, see Sisters In Spirit , the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and follow the government’s plans for a national inquiry here. For on-campus resources, why not check out the Aboriginal Student Services Center, which is supported by the Dean of Students, or the Faculty of Native Studies.
The show will be on view in femlab from March 1st to September 15th, with an opening reception on March 16th at 1pm in Assiniboia Hall 1-50. Please come by to make a flower.
NOTE: Flowered is installed in the new (and bigger) femlab space in Assiniboia Hall, 1-50. This space has been painted in colors of the Cree medicine wheel.
femlab, like the University of Alberta and the City of Edmonton, is located on Treaty 6 territory. A welcoming place for peoples from around the world, this territory has been marked for centuries by the footsteps of diverse Indigenous peoples, such as Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Metis, and Nakota Sioux.