Portage College and Canadian Natural Unveil Transformative 'Project of Heart' in St. Paul Campus Ceremony
April 2, 2024

Portage College, in collaboration with Canadian Natural Resources Limited (Canadian Natural), is set to unveil a poignant display as part of its Truth and Reconciliation Project of Heart initiative. The unveiling event will take place at the St. Paul Campus on April 23rd at 1:00 PM.

The Project of Heart, generously supported by a $20,000 donation from Canadian Natural, symbolizes a significant step towards healing and understanding the history of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Peoples in Canada. This hands-on artistic project engages students in creating commemorative tiles, fostering conversations about truth and reconciliation while honouring those affected by historical injustices.

Rick Flumian, Manager of Community Relations at Portage College, highlighted the significance of collaborative efforts between the College and Canadian Natural in advancing reconciliation initiatives, emphasizing the positive impact on local communities.

Designed by the 2022-2023 Aboriginal Arts students, the Project of Heart, titled "The Seven Sacred Grandfather Teachings of Turtle Island," represents a collaborative effort to amplify the voices and experiences of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

"Canadian Natural is very proud and honoured to assist with funding for the Project of Hearts," said Ian Thompson, Stakeholder Relations/Indigenous Relations Advisor at Canadian Natural. "The Project of Hearts is special; it supports educating the people on the meaning of Truth and Reconciliation. We are very pleased to help out and participate with this initiative and look forward to working with Portage College on similar projects in the future."

The unveiling ceremony will feature the installation of a thoughtfully designed display, accompanied by a plaque honouring the contributors to the project.

Sponsored by Canadian Natural, the Project of Heart is part of Portage College's multifaceted approach to reconciliation, engaging diverse stakeholders, including K-12 students, community groups, and college staff, in meaningful dialogue and action.

Media representatives are invited to attend the unveiling event at the St. Paul Campus on April 23rd at 1:00 PM to witness the transformative power of art in encouraging understanding and healing.


For more information, please contact:

Corporate Communications Department

780-623-6671 or email

We acknowledge that Portage College’s service region is on the traditional lands of First Nation Peoples, the owners of Treaty 6, 8 and 10, which are also homelands to the Métis people. We honour the history and culture of all people who first lived and gathered in these lands.
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