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Heart Garden opens at Government House

Friday’s Heart Garden ceremony included a traditional smudging as well as performances by Inuit drummer Tama Fost and Mi’kmaq musician Jenelle Duval. Grade 5 students from Brookside Intermediate School in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s also participated. From left are: Catharyn Andersen, Lt.-Gov. Judy Foote, Elder Emma Reelis, Torngat Mountains MHA Randy Edmunds, Howard Foote and Judy White.
Friday’s Heart Garden ceremony included a traditional smudging as well as performances by Inuit drummer Tama Fost and Mi’kmaq musician Jenelle Duval. Grade 5 students from Brookside Intermediate School in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s also participated. From left are: Catharyn Andersen, Lt.-Gov. Judy Foote, Elder Emma Reelis, Torngat Mountains MHA Randy Edmunds, Howard Foote and Judy White. - Contributed

Jenelle Day holds a heart at the “Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams,” heart garden ceremony at Government House Friday.
Jenelle Day holds a heart at the “Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams,” heart garden ceremony at Government House Friday.

A sod-turning ceremony for a heart garden, “Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams,” was held at Government House Friday. This is the first Heart Garden for Newfoundland and Labrador, and Government House is the first Government House in Canada to have one. Government House is working with MUN’s Botanical Garden on the project.

Heart Gardens honour residential school survivors and their families as well as the legacy of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Each heart represents the memory of a child lost to the residential school system. The inaugural “Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams” event took place at Rideau Hall as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s closing ceremonies in 2015. Since then, there have been more than 100 gardens planted across the country.

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