Sketching Solidarity: Reflections on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with Piccles

Jon Zajac
Jon Zajac

Jon is Cofounder & Chief Product Officer at Piccles

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
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Introduction to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is observed to honor the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families, and communities. Commemorating this day reflects a commitment to acknowledging the painful history and ongoing legacy of residential schools in a spirit of truth and reconciliation. Traditionally, the day is marked with ceremonies, educational events, and moments of reflection, with a collective sense of remembrance and awareness of the impacts of these institutions.

Piccles: A New Way to Celebrate

Piccles introduces an innovative and creative way to observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. As a digital platform that bridges gaps and brings people together through art, Piccles provides an accessible means to express thoughts and emotions tied to this day. The act of creating digital drawings offers a unique outlet for celebration and expression, allowing individuals and communities to share, heal, and remember in a contemporary and engaging manner.

Connecting National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with Piccles

Piccles serves as a canvas for expression on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. People can use the platform to draw symbols of remembrance, share their reflections, or create art that represents the journey towards reconciliation. Drawing sessions can also be organized to collectively honor the Survivors and remember the children who never returned home. Sharing these Piccles creations can foster understanding and bring a powerful visual narrative to the holiday's message, allowing for a community-driven approach to commemoration.

Certified fresh Piccles prompts

  1. Personal Reflection Images: People can create drawings that represent what truth and reconciliation mean to them, providing a platform for introspection and personal growth.
  2. Historical Education Sketches: Users can be prompted to draw events or figures from history that relate to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, thus encouraging an interactive learning experience.
  3. Shared Stories Canvas: Individuals can be invited to share their stories or the stories they were told about truth and reconciliation through visuals, allowing for shared experiences and empathy building.
  4. Cultural Symbols Mosaic: Participants can draw symbols important to indigenous cultures, fostering respect and a deeper understanding of these cultures.
  5. Hope for the Future Panels: People can be invited to create drawings that symbolize their hopes for the future in terms of unity and reconciliation, sparking optimism.
  6. Expression of Apology: Drawing prompts that encourage participants to visualize apologies or gestures of reconciliation, promoting the healing process.
  7. Dreams of Unity Art: Encourages participants to illustrate their interpretation of unity, which can facilitate discussions on creating a more inclusive society.
  8. Gratitude to Change-Makers: Allows people to create visual thank-yous to individuals who have made significant contributions to truth and reconciliation, showing appreciation and giving recognition.
  9. Overcoming Challenges Drawings: Participants can draw obstacles that have been overcome in the journey towards reconciliation, emphasizing resilience and progress.
  10. Memorial Tribute Sketches: Prompts users to create drawings in memory of those who suffered injustices, offering a medium for commemoration and remembrance.
  11. Healing Journey Graphics: People can draw their personal or communal healing journey, which can serve as therapeutic self-expression and community sharing.
  12. Truth Testimonials Portraits: Encourages participants to draw representations of personal witnesses or testimonials, opening up a visual dialogue of personal truths.
  13. Pathways to Peace Illustrations: Promotes drawing images that represent pathways to peace, encouraging the visualization of progress and cooperation.
  14. Symbols of Forgiveness: Through drawing, individuals can express symbols of forgiveness, contributing to the spirit of reconciliation.
  15. Dialogues in Diversity Art: People can create images that represent the diverse perspectives on reconciliation, enhancing understanding and respect for varied viewpoints.
  16. Children’s Visions of Reconciliation: Encourages younger participants to draw their feelings and ideas about reconciliation, fostering early engagement with societal values.
  17. Unity in Nature Sketches: Drawing prompts that connect reconciliation with nature, reflecting on how natural harmony can inspire human harmony.
  18. Intergenerational Bridge Drawings: Promotes the creation of images that symbolize the bridging of generational gaps, emphasizing the continuity of the reconciliation process.
  19. Lived Experiences Collage: Allows people to visualize the varied lived experiences on the road toward reconciliation, enriching the narrative with personal insights.
  20. Respect & Recognition Doodles: Encourages simple drawings that highlight the importance of mutual respect and recognition of past wrongdoings as steps towards reconciliation.
  21. Community Bonding Mandalas: Drawings that focus on mandalas or other community-oriented patterns can symbolize the togetherness required for reconciliation.
  22. Portraying Equity and Justice: People can be prompted to draw what equity and justice look like to them, helping to visualize goals for a fair society.
  23. Legends of Resilience Illustrations: Drawing prompts based on stories and legends that showcase resilience and survival, honoring the strength demonstrated through hardship.
  24. Expressions of Cultural Pride: Encourages individuals to draw symbols or scenes that portray pride in their cultural heritage, advocating for cultural expression and preservation.
  25. Translating Emotions into Art: Offers a chance for participants to convey their emotional responses to reconciliation through art, aiding in emotional release and understanding.