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.



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.


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