Pro Metal Industries Ltd and PFN Group of Companies launched the feather project in July of 2021. The project goal was to produce and sell beautifully designed metal feathers with proceeds being donated to scholarships designated for Indigenous students at local Saskatchewan educational institutions.
2000 feathers with Indigenous art and Every Child Matters wording in the feather were produced and sold to those who wished to show their support and compassion for residential school survivors and Indigenous people in general. A total of $125,000 was generated from the project and all proceeds have been donated to local Indigenous educational institutions including the First Nations University of Canada, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology – SIIT, the University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, and Saskatchewan Polytechnic. The funds are designated for Indigenous students and distributed through bursaries.
Pro Metal Industries and PFN Group of Companies plan to produce an annual feather or metal art piece to continue to offer a means for the community to demonstrate their support for residential school survivors and to support Indigenous students.
Feather Grave Markers
With the discovery of over 886 unmarked graves in Saskatchewan, PFN Group of Companies and Pro Metal are inviting our partners and others alike to support these First Nations and survivors of residential schools. To date, we are aware of the unmarked graves at the Regina Indian Industrial School (RIIS) (43), Muskowekwan First Nation (38), Keeseekoose FN (54), and Cowessess First Nation (751) in Saskatchewan. Many other nations are beginning the ground radar searches, and we expect the number of graves to increase as more nations complete their searches.
Funds raised will cover the production costs of the grave markers and any remaining funds will go into the bursary fund with our partner institutions.