Welcome to Project H.O.M.E.!
A mural project & tool guide for educators and students across Ontario
Project H.O.M.E. (Helping our Mother Earth) was started at St. Thomas Aquinas School, where over 100 students became involved in a mural project that inspired the whole school, and beyond. Educators from across Canada began to inquire about the project and so Project H.O.M.E. was launched. It's a Canada-wide campaign to help educators and schools in their own similar projects by providing the tools for them to launch their own mural projects, or related events.
Mother Earth is our home and young people are the leaders of the future. What they have to say about our environment is important. They worry about the planet, and the pollution they see and hear about. They worry about the water. We need to listen to the young people's message. If we listen, we can all learn and change our ways.
Art, such as murals, and other activities shared in this project are vehicles for young people to express their voices. It's powerful to witness.
We invite your school or class to do your own mural project, and join us in giving young people a voice through art. After all, they are the future. Let's empower them to know their message counts and to take action.
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The Significance of Building Local Relationships
Prior to European contact, the environment and land in Canada were clean, healthy and vibrant. The Original People of Turtle Island are completely weaved into the spiritual fabric of the land. Everything is alive and has a spirit. The great heartbeat of Mother Earth pulsates in everything. There is no denying the bond that they have with their sacred Mother. Their stories of the past are recorded at sacred sites and legends adorn the rocks and stars. The secrets of the land are coded in the language, songs and customs of the Original Peoples. The symbiotic relationship with their sacred Mother is engrained in their values as a people. The western world is straining to seek this knowledge; understanding these stories, legends and Indigenous Knowledge is key to finding solutions for our future.