January 25, 2021: MMIWG2S Peoples Acknowledgement 2020 continuing 2021

An Open Letter To the Artist; Dianne Brown-Green,

Waachiyaa Dianne,
We offer so much gratitude for your willingness to partner with Maamawi Collective. Your painting SISTERS, We Will Not Forget Them inspired our 8 member administrative circle “collective” to create a fundraising effort that continues ’till an additional 100 Red Dress Pins are sold.

“Ayhay for all your help and understand as we learn to… …walk together in a good way…”*
(*Words from Mim Harder – Hodinohso:ni & Anishinaabeg and Matthew Stevens – Who hails from Georgina Island First Nation and is a Cultural Coordinator for Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation)

Cree Artist Dianne Brown-Green. Her original painting titled “SISTERS We Will Not Forget Them” has been digitally reproduced with her kind permission for this Red Dress Pin fundraising event. Photo Credit: Preston Gallery, Uxbridge.

Our Fundraising Efforts:
MMIWG2S Peoples Red Dress Pin fundraising sales began “On-Line” and in person in the community of Uxbridge, Ontario on November 11/2020 and continued to December 31/20 with resulting proceeds of $1,150. share between Native Women’s Resource Centre – Toronto, Lil’ Red Dress Project – Comox, BC and as an ongoing partnership with Justice 4 Stolen Sisters Memorial Walk – Oshawa – 2021, and continuing as sponsor for 2021.
Future proceeds from the sales of 100 Red Dress Pins @ $10. each, in acknowledgement of MMIWG2S Peoples will be shared as 50% forwarded to JFSSMW – 2021 and 50% retained by Maamawi Collective for future projects related to the following:-

Mission Statement:-
We have been inspired by TRC Call to Action 53, Part 4. to:
“Promote public dialogue, public/private partnerships, and public initiatives for reconciliation” in support of a National Council for Reconciliation.

Barbara Blower
C # 905.649.0407
Acknowledging theLand of the First People,
Hodinohso:ni & Anishinaabe.