In response to Wab Kinew's challenge, we have created a city to represent our vision of reconciliation. Thank you to St. Bonaventure's College for partnering with us and sharing in conversations about reconciliation.
Here are some of the thoughts from the students.
"If you look from above, you’ll see a variety of different houses. The reason we have made a ‘village’ with houses that have different styles, is to represent diversity.
Firstly, we have a church that my group member Cole has built. It represents the coming together of our neighbourhood; it’s a place for every one of all backgrounds.
We also have a school, which Xavier has built. It’s a place for everyone to have a good education, without facing the consequences that would be at a residential school.
Another thing I would like to show is the broken down houses that Cole and I have built. They were perfectly fine houses, but were ruined. It represents how the First Nations people were fine before they were put in residential school, and the after effect.
The last thing I would like to point out is a house sort of building that I have built, it’s kind of nice I guess. It’s supposed to be a distraction, to what’s underneath the house. It’s what people want to forget, but we don’t need to forget, we need to heal."
Take a look at the whole video below.