Stayner Collegiate Institute students share hope in gesture of reconciliation

Students in the First Nation, Metis and Inuit Studies classes at Stayner Collegiate Institute (SCI) worked together to participate in the Project of Heart and create a Voice of Hope. Throughout the 2015-16 school year, over 45 Grade 9 to 12 students learned about the residential school system and its impact from teacher Ty McNea and community member Raven Murphy.

Together, they’ve created an art installation including a medicine wheel with tiles and Voice of Hope videos as a gesture of reconciliation and to foster a sense of hope for our shared future.

Picture of SCI Project of Heart medicine wheel with art tiles

At the project unveiling ceremony, Simcoe County District School Board First Nation Trustee Daniel Shilling noted that “residential schools impacted every community differently, but all were affected, and healing is still needed. It will take many generations to heal, but projects like this one are part of that process.”

“Participating in this project made me feel hopeful. It gave me hope for the future. We just want things to get better,” said one of the students involved in the project.

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