School of Religion

School of Religion hosts forum on missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls

Panelists sitting at table on stage in Grant Hall

On Thursday, March 19, 2015, the Queen's School of Religion hosted a public forum on missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls, entitled "Our Stolen Sisters: Listening to Voices from our Community".

The forum brought together a variety of intellectuals and community leaders, including Dr. Robert Lovelace, MPP Sophie Kiwala, and the President of the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC), Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard.

(Dr. Robert Lovelace)

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(MPP Sophie Kiwala)

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(Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard)

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The forum was organized by students from Queen's University who participated in RELS 227 Religions of Native Peoples, and by students from Queen's University's Native Students Association. Earlier in the year, the instructor for RELS 227, Dr. Jason James Kelly, had invited MPP Sophie Kiwala to speak to his students about the Faceless Dolls Project, a social justice project that aims to call attention to the plight of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada through the medium of art. The students were inspired to make a difference so Dr. Kelly encouraged them to apply their knowledge and share what they had learned in class with the public. It was purely inspirational to witness so many young minds come together to raise awareness about this important issue for the Kingston community.

(Betty Carr-Braint and Janice Hill)

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(Dr. Sam McKegney)

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(Dr. Richard Ascough, Director of the School of Religion)

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