Gardening With A Purpose: How You Can Honour Residential School Survivors

May 16, 2023

In May and June we celebrate Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams as The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society invites children of all ages to plant heart gardens in memory of children lost to the residential school system. Planting a garden represents a commitment to reconciliation as they both require ongoing care, attention, and commitment in order to prosper. How can you get started?

  1. Take the time to learn about the history of residential schools and their ongoing impacts, and how you can work toward reconciliation. See here for resources and information.
  2. Now, you can decorate your paper heart with intention and in a way that honours the children who attend or were lost to residential schools.
  3. Cut out the heart but leave it joined at the top so you can fold it along the line. 
  4. Fold the heart at the top to make it two-sided, so the decorated sides are on the outsides. 
  5. Glue your stick to one side of the heart on the inside, and fold the other side over to seal both sides together and seal the heart to the stick. 
  6. Insert the stick into your garden’s soil, flower pot, or another area where you will plant it. 

Garden with a purpose this spring and show your commitment to reconciliation. Don’t forget to take pictures of your heart garden and share them on social media using #HeartGarden and #HonouringMemoriesPlantingDreams. —Vita Daily


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