We read about the 150,000 indigenous children that were taken away to residential schools across Canada; many did not return to their families and those that did, were changed forever. Have you ever wondered what this number looks like visually?
This year, the Arts faculty across the 3 schools collaborated on a mammoth project. Our students drew 150,000 children, gave them individual characteristics and coloured them orange, the symbolic colour of Truth and Reconciliation. 6000 of these were coloured in blue to represent those that never came back to their waiting families. Reading the numbers is one thing but the impact of visually representing 150,000 children is hard to put into words.