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Every Child Matters art exhibit
June 17, 2022 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
Working with New Brunswick artist Bonny Hill, Quispamsis Middle School students are creating a massive, temporary art installation at the qplex for one day only. This is the culminating event of a year-long project that encompassed Social Studies learning through active participation in the Visual Arts.
Students learned about the “Sixties Scoop”, a period from the 1950s through the 1980s where approximately 20,000 Indigenous children were taken from their families and placed in the child welfare system for fostering and adoption. As a result, many of these children were deprived of a connection to their land, culture, and heritage. In some cases, children were placed for adoption without the consent of their families or communities.
Grade 8 students learned about the historic roots and modern-day impacts of the “Sixties Scoop” by exploring it through the visual arts and hearing stories of survivors, such as Minda Burley. Minda, who shared her first-hand account with students, was taken from her Cree family in Western Canada as a young child and moved to New Brunswick with her adopted family.
This Friday (June 17) Grade 8 classes will arrange 14,280 pieces of re-purposed, painted cardboard on the qplex arena floor, piece-by-piece, row-by-row. The final work, measuring 60ft x 60ft, will depict a portrait of Minda as a child, striving to show support for and bring attention to the ‘Every Child Matters’ movement.
A public viewing will take place from 5:45 – 7 pm, which is the only chance to view the completed installation. Later that night, the artwork will be disassembled, and the pieces of painted cardboard will be passed on to another school to create another portrait of another Sixties Scoop survivor, passing on the learning and continuing support for the ‘Every Child Matters’ movement.