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Division - A Project of Heart

​Students from across the Winnipeg School Division joined residential school survivors and other guests at The Forks on June 20 for the national Project of Heart. The division had the honour of hosting the Winnipeg ceremony, the largest of several that took place across Canada in June.

In attendance were residential school survivors that included Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair (who is also the Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada), Levinia Brown and Dennis White Bird of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. The survivors were joined by Chief Superintendent Pauline Clarke, Superintendent of Schools-Central Celia Caetano-Gomes, Superintendent of Schools-Inner City, Karin Seiler, MLA Kevin Chief and the Division’s Aboriginal Education Department, including Marsha Missyabit, Geraldine Whitford and Janice Millar.

The national project, designed to honour the survivors and victims of Canada’s residential school system, has students exploring the history and legacy of the tragedy during their classroom studies. Students also created artwork to adorn wooden tiles that comprise several large mosaics that will be on public display throughout the country.

During the daylong ceremony, students were able to hear many first-account stories from residential school survivors, as well as messages of hope for a better future for Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. The Manitoba students’ mosaic was also unveiled at The Forks on the same day as the ceremony.Click here for a description of the Project of Heart.​

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