By: Alison Diesvelt, teacher, Pierre Trudeau Elementary
Grade six and seven students from Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School created an art exhibition called "Rock the Salish Sea" to promote the need to build a more sustainable future.
Over the past few months, the students and creators of this art exhibit have been inspired by many things that have influenced their design, such as: Indigenous and environmental rights, calls to protest by climate activist Greta Thunberg and studies from the David Suzuki Butterflyway Project.
With these issues in mind, the students decided to create a backdrop for the "Rock the Salish Sea" concert, and a butterfly exhibition to share with families.
The students wanted to portray messages of hope to save the in salmon in the Pacific Northwest. In protest of the salmon's environmental rights, students drew salmon skeletons swimming in an ocean filled with plastic to represent all of the salmon who have given up their lives to feed others.
The butterfly exhibition illustrates the interdependence of local ecosystems with drawings of Indigenous butterflies and their native larval and nectar host plants. At the school, the students planted butterfly-friendly species and learned about some of the native species in the Pacific Northwest.
"Rock the Salish Sea" will be on display at the VSB Education Centre until November 1, 2019.