A monument to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has been officially unveiled in a ceremony held this morning outside the Saskatoon Police Service Headquarters building.
In collaboration with the Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC), the City of Saskatoon, the Province of Saskatchewan and the Saskatoon Police Service (SPS), the statue honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls was created. The statue will have a permanent home in the plaza area in front of the building, near the main entrance.
“The Saskatoon Police Service is honoured to be the home for the monument to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls,” said Police Chief Clive Weighill. “It is our hope that the monument represents not only a place of reflection and peace, but also represents the strong partnerships our Service has with the Saskatoon Tribal Council, the families of victims of violence, the province of Saskatchewan and the City of Saskatoon.”
Created by artist Lionel Peyachew, the life-sized bronze sculpture depicts a woman named Wicanhpi Duta Win or Red Star Woman, a fancy dancer with her shawl as her wings. The sculpture was chosen in 2015 following a vote on several different submissions. The project is funded by the STC, the Province of Saskatchewan and the SPS.
“The Saskatoon Tribal Council has been working with the Saskatoon Police Service, the City of Saskatoon and the Province since 2015 to acknowledge the tremendous importance of focusing on our murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls,” said Tribal Chief Felix Thomas. “This monument exemplifies the serious impact even one Indigenous murdered or missing woman or girl has on our community, not just our First Nations, but everyone the city, the province the country this is a problem that affects us all.”
For more information:
Kelsie Fraser, Saskatoon Police Service, 306- 975-8197
Priscilla Wolf, Saskatoon Tribal Council, 306-956-6100