The 100 Years of Loss Exhibit and Project of Heart Arrive in Moose Jaw

Prairie South School Division, Holy Trinity Catholic School Division, the Moose Jaw Art Gallery and Don Mitchell proudly brought the National Exhibit, 100 Years of Loss to the City of Moose Jaw. On October 11, 2012, there was a private viewing of the exhibit for Residential Survivors. The event consisted of an opening prayer, a talking circle and bannock was served to the guests. Personalized survivor cards were given out to the survivors that attended that evening event.

The exhibit was formally opened on Friday October 12, 2012 for the public. A number of community representatives and community members attended the event that included opening prayer , smudging, greetings and bannock, and participants took some time to view this informative and very important exhibit.

Student tours and educational programming began on Monday October 15 with approximately 500 students scheduled to tour the exhibit to begin to understand this shameful period in Canadian history. Students who participate in the 100 Years of Loss exhibit are participating in Project of Heart in their own schools and will be creating more commemoration tiles as a part of their learning at the Museum.

The City of Moose Jaw is contemplating hosting a public forum in the next few weeks in order to increase the awareness of the history and legacy of Indian Residential Schools.

Vivian Gauvin
First Nations and Metis Consultant
Prairie South School Division

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