Vancouver Art Gallery shoe memorial recognizes lives of murdered women in B.C.

On Dec. 6, more than 1,000 pairs of women’s shoes will be placed on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery to commemorate women killed as a result of violence in British Columbia. The names of each murdered woman will be displayed alongside the donated shoes.

“The whole concept of the day was not about blame, but about honouring and remembering all the victims that we’re aware of in B.C, so each year more shoes are added and more names are added to the names on display,” said Tima Dickerson, coordinator of the event and chair of the Women’s Committee of United Food & Commercial Workers Union local 247.

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On Dec. 6, more than 1,000 pairs of women’s shoes will be placed on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery to commemorate women killed as a result of violence in British Columbia. The names of each murdered woman will be displayed alongside the donated shoes.

“The whole concept of the day was not about blame, but about honouring and remembering all the victims that we’re aware of in B.C, so each year more shoes are added and more names are added to the names on display,” said Tima Dickerson, coordinator of the event and chair of the Women’s Committee of United Food & Commercial Workers Union local 247.

“Having the visual impact of all those shoes, people stop. People want to know what this is about,” she said.

Following the memorial, the shoes will be donated to women’s shelters and children in need.

The Shoe Memorial begins at 8 a.m. with a ceremony at 1 p.m. featuring speakers from the community, volunteer organizations and those honouring who have lost family members.

For more information, visit Shoe Memorial online.

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