Living Healing Quilt Project
Promoting Healing – One Stitch at a Time

This post is part of the Living Healing Quilt Project that honours the strength, courage, and commitment of Indian Residential School Survivors. This quilt block is from Quilt 1 – Schools of Shame.

The moccasins represent the child who was taken away from her family. The dark blue and black with the moccasins was where I was placed, a place called Mush Hole, the residential school I attended (Brantford, Ontario). The bear paws represent the tracks the lost child went on during the seven long lonely years. The outer blue represents the blue sky, yellow the sun and happiness upon leaving the school. The feathers are what make me strong after all those years.


Fran Kakegamick