Black’s artwork aims to focus attention on missing women in Canada, but “this issue transcends borders and affects indigenous women throughout the Americas,” deputy director Machel Monenerkit said in press materials.
More than half of Native American women have encountered sexual and domestic violence at some point in their lives, the Associated Press reported last year.
The number of missing person cases for Native American women is high in proportion to their numbers in the population. Experts quoted in the story said these women had been victimized because the legal system failed to protect them.
Black and other artists and activists will participate in a symposium called “Safety for Our Sisters: Ending Violence Against Native Women” from 2:30 to 5 p.m. March 21 at the museum. Admission is free.