KAIROS is joining with the TRC (Truth and Reconciliation Commission), the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and Project of Heart, in inviting children and youth across the country to create Heart Gardens to honour children lost to the Indian Residential School system and to grow a future in reconciliation.
On June 3, 2015, when residential school survivors and the commissioners of the TRC meet in Ottawa, children from the Ottawa area will carry two hearts attached to wooden
gardening stakes, planting one in a Heart Garden at Rideau Hall, and sharing the other with an adult attending the formal closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
As part of this movement, youth in other communities are asked to send one symbolic heart to Ottawa, and to plant a Heart Garden in your community. Invite Indigenous neighbours to join in or reflect on the history and legacy of Indian Residential Schools (IRS) while you create your garden.
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