Taking inspiration from the Heart Gardens (http://www.fncaringsociety.com/honouring-memories-planting-dreams) that were 'planted' across Canada during the TRC Closing Ceremonies, RISE (Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton) invited community members in Edmonton to create their own hearts to plant. The hearts include messages to residential school survivors and commitments to reconciliation in words and imagery. Over 1000 hearts were planted in various public places in downtown Edmonton to create a garden of reflection and hope.
They have gone through wind, rain, and perhaps even some stomping, but they are still beautiful if broken. We are working on documenting all 1000 of the hearts to create a photo mosaic that will also travel to different public locations as the words of encouragement from all ages and walks of life continue to spread love and understanding.