High school students use art to reflect on residential school legacy

Global News

REGINA – Grade nine students at Martin Collegiate completed a memorial plaque today to culminate a unit on residential schools, and reflect on its lasting effects on Aboriginal people.

“The Project of Heart is a way to memorialize residential school survivors and, also, those who did not survive,” said Kendra Beliveau, a Grade 9 teacher at the school.

Students coloured inch-long rectangular tiles for the weeks-long unit. The tiles were smudged by the students Friday morning.

“If [the tiles] have black on the outside (perimeter), that represents someone who did not survive,” said Beliveau.

Adrianna Krznar, a student at the school, painted polar bears on her tiles.

“My [grandmother], who went to a residential school, I believe, loves polar bears. There’s multiple other things in her house with polar bears all over it,” she said.

Janessa Stone and three other students drew a dream catcher spanning several tiles, because it represents their…

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