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Nov 15, 2023
Names of MMIWG are written on book covers on display in the Central Library
Christine Cardinal. Gloria Black Plume. Chelsea Poorman.
Three shelves of books are covered in colourful fabrics with names of women written in gold letters.
The bookshelves, known as a micro gallery, were installed Tuesday morning at the London Public Library’s Central Branch to commemorate missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) from across Canada as a memorial.
The library is one of the many spaces throughout the country taking part in the Canadian Library project.
For Mary Lou Smoke, an Indigenous elder from the Anishinaabe, Lakota, and Mi’kmaq Nation, the micro gallery is more than a memorial.
Smoke’s sister, Debbie Ann Sloss-Clarke, was found murdered in her apartment more than two decades ago. Her name is printed on one of the book covers in the gallery.