Two Grade 12 students are using metal as their medium to raise awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
Trinity Harry and Joseph Ginter spent more than 300 hours welding a red dress hanging from a tree at R.B. Russell Vocational School.
"I do it because people don't really know what some girls have to worry about every single day," said 17-year-old Harry. "People missing their relatives, their moms, their sisters, their kids. It's sad and something that shouldn't even be going on.
Harry and Ginter said the red dress represents MMIWG, a symbol created by Winnipeg artist Jaime Black through her REDress Project.
The students put their own spin on Black's project, incorporating elements of their culture into the tree's design.
"We made seven branches, they go together, the seven pieces represent the seven teachings," said Harry. "On the branches we have leaves with the provinces where girls have gone missing."