Expression Through the Arts

Many people were impacted by the Indian Residential School system, and as a result there are many efforts being made by survivors, generationally impacted persons, as well as learners such as you to encourage healing. In this section you can see some examples of projects, or initiatives which have been created as a means of empowerment and honoring of the impacted peoples.

Residential Wreck

“Residential Wreck” was inspired by a woman named Elaine when she came to talk about her experience in Indian Residential Schools. After the visit, with the guidance of the talented singer Harmony Parent, April Water’s grade 4/5 students of Winnipeg’s Heritage School created this incredible song. To read this group’s blog please visit:

Expose It

“Expose It” is an expression about the Indian Residential School experience which has been performed by the amazing spoken word artist, Moe Clark.


"Expose It": Written and performed by Moe Clark on "Circle of She:Story & Song" album 2008.
 Produced by Chris Dadge. Music by Moe Clark and Chris Dadge. SOCAN 2008.

Canada Day, Rebecca Belmore & Me: A blog by Leanne Simpson

Leanne Simpson has created a blog entry about women as water keeps/guardians and how colonialism has affected this role.

To read it please click the following link:

Christi Belcourt’s Stained Glass Window in Parliament

Christi Belcourt is a Métis visual artist who created a commemorative stained glass window in response to the 2008 IRS apology. The window tells a story. It begins in the bottom left corner of the glass, moving upwards to the top panel and flowing down through the right panel. The title, “Giniigaaniimenaaning,” includes the idea that we are all looking ahead for the ones unborn.

For further description on the window either CLICK HERE for a pdf version of the window, or visit for a more detailed description of this piece.

Speaking Our Truth

Speaking Our Truth from KAIROS Canada on Vimeo.

These spoken word poems were performed at Covenant Chain Link III, October 19-20, 2012 in Ottawa, Canada. This annual gathering is to build bridges of understanding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples through respectful relationships.
The poems were developed in a workshop called ‘Sharing My Truth’ that was led by artists Sara Musa and Vera Wabegijig and that brought together Aboriginal youth and youth from immigrant and refugee families. It was an opportunity to explore the cultural diversity of youth but more importantly the commonality of experiences pertaining to the impacts of colonialism, racism, sexism and the inter-generational impacts of Indian Residential schools.
Sponsored by KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives and co-sponsored by: Legacy of Hope Foundation, Ottawa Catholic School Board, Presbyterian Church of Canada,
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Project of Heart, United Church of Canada

This video was created by Mosha Folger, assisted by Karen Beddard, with sound and artistic direction from Moe Clark, to bring to life the amazing tiles that were created as a memorial to students of residential schools by students today from across this land.

Project of Heart Tiles Animation from Mosha Folger on Vimeo.

Co-Produced By:
Quebec Community Learning Centre Initiative
National Day of Healing and Reconciliation
With support from the
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

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