Every Child Matters Grave Markers Project
Proudly Supported by Pasqua First Nation
Between 1863 and 1998 more than 150,000 Indigenous children were forcibly taken from their families and placed in Residential Schools throughout Canada.
Pro Metal Industries Ltd and PFN Group of Companies launched the feather project in July of 2021. The project goal was to produce and sell beautifully designed metal feathers with proceeds being donated to scholarships designated for Indigenous students at local Saskatchewan educational institutions.
2000 feathers with Indigenous art and Every Child Matters wording in the feather were produced and sold to those who wished to show their support and compassion for residential school survivors and Indigenous people in general. A total of $125,000 was generated from the project and all proceeds have been donated to local Indigenous educational institutions including the First Nations University of Canada, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology – SIIT, the University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, and Saskatchewan Polytechnic. The funds are designated for Indigenous students and distributed through bursaries.
Pro Metal Industries and PFN Group of Companies plan to produce an annual feather or metal art piece to continue to offer a means for the community to demonstrate their support for residential school survivors and to support Indigenous students.
Feather Grave Markers
With the discovery of over 886 unmarked graves in Saskatchewan, PFN Group of Companies and Pro Metal are inviting our partners and others alike to support these First Nations and survivors of residential schools. To date, we are aware of the unmarked graves at the Regina Indian Industrial School (RIIS) (43), Muskowekwan First Nation (38), Keeseekoose FN (54), and Cowessess First Nation (751) in Saskatchewan. Many other nations are beginning the ground radar searches, and we expect the number of graves to increase as more nations complete their searches.
Funds raised will cover the production costs of the grave markers and any remaining funds will go into the bursary fund with our partner institutions.
How can you get involved?
- Your organization can provide a cash donation to the project and contribute to the overall production costs for sites in Saskatchewan.
- You can purchase a single feather for $75 to show your support of National Truth and Reconciliation Day. Share your feather on your social media, with a message about why you supported and encourage others to get involved.
NOTE: Currently 2021 feathers are sold out. 2022 feather will be launched in summer of 2022.
- You can share our social media posts to help amplify the message and awareness of the project and campaign
For more information contact Treena Amyotte at email@example.com.