Red Feather Project

History. We all have one. Full of proud moments, and the occasional, not so proud moment. As a child of the 80’s, growing up in Canada, I was completely naive to our country’s past. I mean, not all of it. But, the dirty secret of how Canada has treated our indigenous people.

For a long time, I was under the impression everything was good. No one had been treated poorly, everyone was on board with creating this nation. That was not the case.

Recently, it’s become more common, and disturbing, knowledge of the way our indigenous people were actually treated. And are still treated by a lot of people.

As a self-admitted, privileged white person, I’m ashamed to admit I knew little, if anything. It’s been an eye opener to say the least.

For our indigenous women and girls, there has been a very dark, dirty secret this country has been turning a blind eye to. Missing Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. A movement to bring to light the fact that women and girls, in Canada, yes Canada, are going and have been going missing and been murdered with not nearly enough justice, for decades.

A quick Google search brought me to a CBC site dedicated to telling the story of each of these souls. Now, as a mom of four daughters, this hit particularly close to home. Over the course of a few weeks, I read each one, watched episodes of Taken, and researched as much as I could. In reality, none of my work really has any impact. At least not beyond bringing myself, and my girls, to a place of understanding. Of knowing. Of acknowledging.

So, when my office called upon employees to donate personally made goods to auction for fundraising, I knew that would be perfect.

Maybe, just maybe, I could spread the word, and raise a bit of money for our Christmas charity.

Now, I don’t claim to know everything, or even a lot. But, I do know more than I did.

With @cozychloe’s blessing to use the pattern, I made a lap quilt which was successfully auctioned off.