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SI Maylands Peninsula & SI On the Terrace - Not Just a Canvas PDF Print E-mail

The SI Maylands Peninsula and SI On the Terrace Women in Prison Project team met recently with Carolyn Lewis, Chair of the Deaths in Custody Watch Committee WA (DICWC WA). Carolyn told us about Not Just a Canvas.

Not Just a Canvas is a healing arts project that acknowledges the deaths in custody of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody 25 years ago. Phase 1 of the project focuses on the more than 100 Aboriginal deaths in custody in Western Australia since the Royal Commission finished its hearings, with the intention that other states will follow should this pilot project get up and running.

The project aims to 'bring life back' and support families who have experienced severe loss and grief through the unexplained deaths of family members.

Each family member will be given the opportunity to design their own personal canvas that reflects their loved one. The DICWC WA - Not Just a Canvas project will be a collective piece of living history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths in custody. This collection will be displayed at appropriate times and at the request of families.

Please contact Carolyn Lewis from DICWC WA on 0418 905 784 should you wish to support this project in any way.

More information about the Deaths in Custody Watch Committee can be found here -


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