Métis beading workshops raise awareness of MMIWG

The tragedy of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) is deeply rooted in historical legacies of colonialism, discrimination and social hardships.

It affects Indigenous communities across Canada, prompting concerted efforts from communities and advocates to shed light on the issue, seek justice and instigate systemic changes to keep Indigenous women and girls safe.

Métis citizen and skilled beader Shannon Beagan is hosting workshops to raise awareness and honour MMIWG through art. The workshops focus on teaching participants how to bead Red Dress Pins, the symbol of MMIWG. In addition to sharing the craft of applique beading, the session will create a meaningful space for sharing cultural insights, traditions and knowledge.

Funding from the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund (IRF) will cover a teacher honorarium, materials and facility rentals. 

Traditional beadwork is a spiritual craft and can serves as a platform for reflection, allowing Elders to share stories and pass down Métis culture to the younger generation. Beyond its artistic significance, beadwork becomes a powerful tool for women to express identity and connect individuals to their communities. 

Diocese of Peterborough