Sarah Beech & Darren Vaast

This service-learning project started with a red dress, hanging on a tree. It was left there to create dialogue and awareness for others; unexpectedly and fortuitously, the dialogue continued with the same red dress hanging in a classroom. A provocation. An invitation. A question of how to spark awareness with students around the disappearance of Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people (MMIWG2S), and thereby support a movement to remember and honour the lives of those who were taken before their time. Led by two middle school teachers, Darren Vaast and Sarah Beech, the Heart to Heart Project took on a life of its own as students took their classroom experiences around Indigenous history and artistically responded to the injustices uncovered in their learning, and shared their lessons with their parents and the wider community.

Sarah Beech & Darren Vaast