The Comox Valley Transition Society and CV/Arts have partnered to create a Community Stitching Project that encourages discussions around gender violence.
Members of the community are invited to pick up a free stitch kit from any of the three local libraries or from the Spool Sewing Studio and Too Good To Be Threw in downtown Courtenay. They are encouraged to stitch a square that will be incorporated into a larger piece that will be displayed in the community in the new year. While stitching, alone or with others, you are encouraged to reflect on how gender-based violence impacts your community and ways you can commit to helping end it.
The theme of gender-based violence tied into the Courtenay LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers in Canada) class discussion on human rights. A staff member from the Courtenay library talked to the LINC class about the project, and a number of students decided to participate. Above and below are some of their contributions:
Kits are available at the library until World Human Right Day (Dec. 10), when all stitched squares must be returned to be included in the larger art piece. Learn more at https://cvts.ca/16days/