763 Pinwheels in front of Regina City Hall
Child abuse happens all the time and to many people, but due to stigma and lack of knowledge, most cases go unreported. According to Statistics Canada, about one third of Canadians aged fifteen and older experience some form of abuse before the age of fifteen (2019). Based on this statistic, in Regina alone, it is a staggering 76,309 people who are or will be directly affected by childhood abuse.
In order to honour these survivors, we have put out 763 pinwheels in front of City Hall, each pinwheel represents 100 people who are or will be affected by child abuse in our city. It’s a terrifying number, but luckily there is hope.
“In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention, through Pinwheels for Prevention®. What [their] research [has shown], and what [their] experiences since then have borne out, is that people respond to the pinwheel. By its very nature, the pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions. In essence, [the pinwheel] has come to serve as the physical embodiment, or reminder, of the great childhoods we want for all children” (2020).