When I was in Montreal this summer, I saw a lot of street art. But the one that stuck with me most was the most handmade looking mural, a heartfelt effort to commemorate the many murdered and missing Indigenous women that have been lost across Canada. This mural was painted by artists Fanny Aisha, Guko and Monk-E in July 2014. By the time I saw it on the three story building on Boulevard St-Laurent, new graffiti had embellished it.
Montreal's Missing Justice member Monica Van Schaik sats “The whole idea about Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women is that women are going missing, so they’re not here anymore. We thought it would be very powerful to put something in place so that they do have a presence, they do have a place within the city.”
Ultimately I wanted to capture this landscape and remember this cultural moment, as we start off the Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women.
Read more about the mural here.