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Vancouver students painting mural in honour of children's remains found at former residential school

Last Updated Jun 22, 2021 at 11:07 am PDT


Students at Britannia Elementary school are finishing up a mural

The mural is meant to recognize the remains of 215 children found in Kamloops last month

It'll be unveiled outside the school's new library

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Students at a school in Vancouver’s Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood are honouring the 215 Indigenous children whose remains were found in Kamloops with a mural.

Grade 6 and 7 students at Britannia Elementary have been working with a non-profit to design imagery that also shares their own stories as urban Indigenous youth.

They’ve been working on the project all week and will display their work outside next to the new library in Brittania’s community space.

“This project is an opportunity for students to express themselves, have their voices heard, process, and grieve through community and art,” said an email statement from the school.

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Through the DAREarts program, Quw’ustun’ artist Charlene Johnny, has been working with students to brainstorm ideas for the mural.