Toronto-based cartoonist and illustrator Evan Munday is applying his talents to a campaign to raise consciousness about Canada’s missing or murdered Indigenous women (often referred to as MMIW). Actually, the consciousness he’s interested in raising is that of a specific person: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Munday has pledged to tweet one portrait of a missing or murdered woman to Harper every day. Here’s how his announcement unfolded on his @idontlikemunday Twitter feed:
Over 1186 indigenous women have gone missing / been murdered in Canada since 1980. There have been outcries for public inquiry. #MMIW (1/3)
Our PM said an inquiry into the missing women ‘isn’t really high on our radar.’ So I’m trying a small thing to make it higher. #MMIW (2/3)
Starting on Jan 5, I’ll tweet @pmharper an illustration of a missing or murdered indigenous woman daily. To adjust his radar. #MMIW (3/3)
Earlier today, as promised, he sent out his first portrait, with the text:
@pmharper Elaine Frieda Alook was 35 when she disappeared on May 11 outside Fort McMurray, Alberta. #MMIW
Here’s the image:
This endeavor, which could conceivably go on for over three years, bears some resemblance to a project Munday tweeted in December and has archived on his blog as “December 6, 1989: in Illustrations,” a tribute to the 14 women killed at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique 25 years ago.