The Niagara News is the community newspaper of Niagara College located in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. It is created and produced by the students of the Niagara College Journalism program.
In Canada, an aboriginal woman is three times more likely to be murdered than a non-aboriginal woman.
On Oct. 3, Niagara College students, in collaboration with Native Women’s Association of Canada, organized a ‘faceless dolls’ workshop in memory of all the murdered and missing indigenous women.
The event took place near the Welland campus main entrance and during a four-hour period, students were invited to create a plush doll and decorate it with glitter and plastic gems.
“The goal was to reach 12,000 faceless dolls but we barely got over 100,” said Faith Redsky, a Shaol Lake 40 member and a Pre-Health Sciences program student.
“It’s sad how little people are unaware of this; it’s happening here in our backyard.”
The outcome of the event is a reflection of what is happening with indigenous women in the country – many people don’t care.
“Being First Nation is a critical part of Canada, its history, be aware of it… Let’s make sure that Canada doesn’t repeat it,” said Alkiie-Babe Anshiline, a Mohawk Turtle member and International Business program student.
For others, like Charice Smith, a Broadcasting – Radio, Television and Film program student, making a doll was to lend support to the cause.
¨I’m making a doll because I know what it`s like to be in the minority,¨said Smith.