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Shrouded corpse art shocks Calgarians about MMIW: But that was the point


Tamara Pimentel
APTN National News

A Blackfoot artist in Alberta doesn’t believe the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) is on the radar in Calgary.

So he created a shock art piece and displayed it in the middle of downtown to raise awareness.

The art piece was of a shrouded corpse on a blanket that artist Destin Running Rabbit calls “Disposable Red Woman”.

Next to the piece was statistics and explanation on MMIW.

It appears to have worked.


“I thought there was a live person there, so I had to look at it,” said Charlene Hjorleifson, adding she felt shocked and sad.

“It really speaks volumes. It’s a tragedy what’s happened over the years and we need to take care of it.”

Another person said it was “kind of heartbreaking.”

Running Rabbit placed the piece in several locations.

“Being in Calgary I think not too many people know about it or believe it,” he said. “There’s a lot of cognitive dissonance with this subject.”

He said he was pleased with the reaction.

“We are getting people who are opening their hearts,” said Running Rabbit. “I think it’s going better than what was planned.”

Running Rabbit said he hopes all that see his art on MMIW will pass the story along.

Until one-day Indigenous women aren’t seen as disposable.

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6 Responses to “Shrouded corpse art shocks Calgarians about MMIW: But that was the point”

    Bonnie Conant August 17, 2017 at 12:15 am #

    What a well done piece… both by the Artist and the news reporter…it is good to see aboriginal issues are coming to light even as hard and sad the issues are…

    Iman August 17, 2017 at 2:50 am #

    Find a video to the social experiment here and more info on the art piece:

    Liz August 17, 2017 at 11:35 am #

    In this age of collective amnesia unless trauma happens to them personally, no one will really care.

    Karyl Kootenay August 17, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

    Thank you, Ishsnish for bringing awareness to MMIW, it affects me directly. A very dear friend of mine daughter has been missing for 2 years and we all pray that she returns safe one day. ~ANSN~

    andre jacques August 17, 2017 at 9:01 pm #

    a powerful piece of work

    Annis Aleck August 28, 2017 at 9:03 am #

    Unfortunately it takes that much for non-Aboriginal Canadians to face the truth! More than likely they would just walk away and no want to notice what actually what happened because the don’t want to face the truth!