History was made on National Indigenous Peoples Day on the grounds of Government House with the unveiling of NL’s first Heart Garden in the Spirit of Reconciliation.
Heart Gardens are in honour of all Indigenous children who were lost to the residential school system, to recognize those who survived and for the families of both.
Planning for the Heart Garden was done in consultation with the five Indigenous groups in NL-Nunatsiavut, Nunatukavut, Innu, Miawpukek, Qualipu. Representatives of all spoke at the unveiling as did Premier Dwight Ball which was a public event attended by hundreds, including students and teachers from schools in St. John’s who planted handmade hearts containing messages of sorrow and hope. Completing the Heart Garden required the support of many partners. Their Honours wish to thank all for their incredible support and playing a part in the reconciliation process.
Emcee for the Heart Ceremony was Judy White, Mi’kmaq from Miawpukek First Nation, Assistant Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Indigenous Secretariat.