The spring of 2015 marks the end of the mandate of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada with their final report to be presented in June. A group of citizens known as RISE - Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton would like to see the end of the TRC as a beginning to reconciliation at a community level.
Taking inspiration from the Heart Gardens (http://www.fncaringsociety.com/honouring-memories-planting-dreams) that will be 'planted' across Canada during the TRC Closing Ceremonies, RISE would like to invite community members in Edmonton to create their own wooden hearts to plant. The hearts will include messages to residential school survivors and commitments to reconciliation in words and imagery. The hearts will then be planted in a public place in downtown Edmonton to create a garden of reflection and hope