I have to admit that I struggled with Canada Day decor this year in light of the recent news regarding Canada's Residential School System.
The only decorating I've done is to set this tablescape in honour of the many Indigenous children who lost their lives at these schools...and even that seems wrong as I know often these children went hungry.
I do not have the right words to convey the depth of my sadness when I think about what all the Indigenous children of Canada's Residential Schools must have gone through in their lives, many of them tragically cut short, and how it affected their families and the generations that followed. We, as a nation and as citizens, can and must do better. Let it begin with me working on my own attitudes and preconceived conceptions.
I will walk you through the representation and symbolism I used in my tablescape dedicated to these lost children.
I used these metal houses to represent the oppressive Residential Schools.
These smaller houses with the lights on are where the families grieved their stolen children hoping for their return.
The lettered table runner represents the school curriculum.
The colour orange, as seen in the tablecloth, placemats, napkins and plates is representative of the "Every Child Matters" campaign.
A teddy bear at each place setting awaits a lost child.
The hobnail glassware depicts the countless tears that continue to be shed to this day.
The dark stain on Canada's history that the discovery of these unmarked graves has created is symbolized by the black-handled flatware. The metal charger plate symbolizes the abuse and suffering these children endured.
The flowers in the cups are those that should have been laid at the graves of the lost children.
Canada's flag is not waving in this tablescape but instead, lays near the side of each teddy bear as if to show it's shame.
There is a dark cloud over our nation this Canada Day and controversy over whether to even celebrate the day or not.
There definitely needs to be a time of reflection and acknowledgement of the wrongs that were done and those that continue to this day. In doing so, it is my hope that we can move towards a reconciliation with our Indigenous community.
If you are unfamiliar with this topic please take the time to educate yourself.
It is through awareness and growth that we can begin to change our attitudes and behaviours.
I wish you a safe and peaceful Canada Day.
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