Raising awareness against various forms of violence and abuse against Indigenous women and communities is no small task.
But a group of determined women are dedicated to do just that.
Sexual Assault: The Roadshow is a pop-up, participatory art gallery travelling on a flatbed to different cities and areas in Ontario.
“You know how art has the power to change things. You know how legal and other institutional responses to sexual violence aren’t working. So at each spot, the shipping container will also serve as a meeting place, a studio, an exhibition site to demonstrate the power of art to express and address sexual violence,” explained Jennifer Syrette, member of the Indigenous Women’s Anti-Violence Task Force.
It is a process of challenging colonialism, mainstream media and stereotypes, and changing the language and narrative surrounding sexual violence, primarily in terms of marginalized groups. The workshops are open to all genders and backgrounds, with the goal of creating an inclusive and representative depiction of sexual violence in Ontario.
“At each location, the roadshow will work in solidarity with local artists and anti-violence agencies and groups as well as community groups and organizations to create, curate, and showcase art that talks back against sexual violence,” Syrette announced at the opening ceremony.
The event in the north is geared specifically to working with Indigenous communities and the unique challenges that northern towns face with less resources and funding to fight sexual violence than larger cities.
The Indigenous Women Anti-Violence Task Force also met with Mayor Christian Provenzano earlier on Tuesday to share insight with him on the specific initiatives that they are working on.
For more information about The Roadshow, including viewing dates and times, or about local artist Adora-Lee Nawagesic, click here for the original release.