"Shoe Memorial After Rain" by Hunter Madsen

"Shoe Memorial After Rain"

  
     

This memorial on the steps of a Vancouver gallery commemorated 215 long forgotten indigenous children, whose remains, still unidentified, were found on the grounds of a decommissioned "Indian school" run by the Catholic Church since the 19th Century in Kelowna, Canada; one of many institutions for children who had been torn from  their homes and cultures to be forcibly re-acculturated. 
  
Nobody can say exactly how these kids died, most of them presumably from some combination of loneliness, sickness, and abuse.  And from broken hearts too sad to bear imagining.

  

TITLE - "Shoe Memorial After Rain"
WHERE - Vancouver, British Columbia (2021)