Honouring Cairn at Emma & Felix Jack Park

The Mayne Island Parks and Recreation Commission have agreed to have a second permanent public art installation on Emma and Felix Jack Park.

As a part of acknowledging the effects that the residential school system has had on First Nations society and on Canada as a whole the installation will be based on a burial cairn, which has been used in many cultures to honour their departed.

The installation began on National Aboriginal Day (June 21, 2016) as part of our community’s acknowledgement of this day. The installation began with the burying of a large rock, representing the residential school system. Over the buried rock were placed palm sized rocks. The Mayne Island school children began building the honouring cairn with their chosen rocks, some of which have been decorated.

The building of the cairn will be ongoing until it reaches its final dimensions of approximately 5 feet in diameter and 2-1/2 feet in height.

Each rock will represent a child who died in a residential school or a survivor of the residential school experience. My rock honours someone I know who survived.

This cairn will be situated towards the bottom of the Park.

All community members/visitors are welcome to add a rock or two at anytime, as an ongoing gesture of remembrance, awareness and respect.

All my relations,
John Aitken

For further information please contact John Aitken MITandH@shaw.ca.

posted July 2016

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful idea. I'd be honoured to add a rock to remember the lost children.