The UWaterloo 16 Days planning committee
acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory
of the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishinaabeg, and
Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of
Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract,
the land promised to the Six Nations that includes
ten kilometers on each side of the Grand River.
Bridge: Honouring the Lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit People has become an annual installation since 2016 for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence at the University of Waterloo.
Working with the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre, Professor Sorouja Moll initiated Bridge in 2016 to create a space for all University community members to learn about the crisis as they reflect upon their responsibilities, write a name on red fabric, and tie it to the bridge between Environment 3 and St. Paul's University College. The gesture to name and remember the 4000+ missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and Two Spirit people in Canada is an active engagement in learning about the depth of the crisis in the nation while resisting the existing silence that continues to shroud it. As such, this research-creation initiative is a counter memorial and is part of a meaningful sustained collaborative intercultural practice between non-Indigenous and Indigenous communities.
Everyone is welcome to participate in the Bridge installation Opening Ceremony on November 25 at 10:30am at the bridge between Environment 3 and St. Paul's University College. Starbucks is generously supporting the installation by offering free coffee on November 25.
The Bridge installation will remain for the duration of #16daysUW.