Teacher Heather Poublon and her Native Studies students recently dove into Project of Heart to learn more about First Nation, Metis, and Inuit people’s experiences at the Indian Residential Schools. Creativity and excitement were the result in the classroom, as the students persevered in their attempts to get their local Member of Parliament to come to their school to address their concerns.
Here’s Heather in her own words: Continue reading
Editor’s note: This report from Saskatchewan teacher Lynette Brossart is one of the most thoughtful write-ups we’ve ever received. Touching and descriptive, we are reproducing it in its entirety — along with Lynette’s lovingly prepared image gallery, seen above — to show the impact of Project of Heart on a single learning community, and the amazing depth of that community’s response. Continue reading
A four-tile panel being decorated by F.W.Johnson student
Faculty of Education students and staff at the University of Regina were able to see beautifully decorated Project of Heart wooden tiles for two weeks while on display at the University. Pre-service teachers, students of Dr. Jennifer Tupper, incorporated Project of Heart into their practicum while on placement at F.W. Johnson Secondary. Continue reading
George River Federal Hostel is red dot at top right, closest to boundary with Labrador
Fenelon Falls (Ontario) teacher Linda Zernask recently accompanied her students on a journey of discovery with Project of Heart. Her students uncovered a new and challenging view of recent Canadian history as they listened to Elder Cliff Standingready recall his own experiences at Indian Residential Schools. Continue reading
This spring, Timothy Cooper and his Native Studies students in Wiarton, Ontario, dove into Project of Heart for a second time. Tim and his students’ enthusiasm and persistence paid off, as beautiful tiles, each one symbolic of the loss of an Indian Residential School student from Wabasca IRS in Alberta, were decorated and honoured in ceremony, never to be “lost” to history again. Read Tim’s write-up of his students’ experience with the Project. Continue reading
Here’s teacher Karen McIver from Regina’s Trek School talking about her the opportunity her class had to become radio journalists for a day: Continue reading
“This video was created by Mosha Folger, assisted by Karen Beddard, with sound and artistic direction from Moe Clark, to bring to life the amazing tiles that were created as a memorial to students of residential schools by students at Community Learning Centre Schools in Quebec. Thank you to everyone involved!”
Project of Heart Tiles Animation from Mosha Folger on Vimeo.
St. John’s Sunshine Coast United Church and St. Hilda’s By the Sea Anglican Church in Sechelt, B.C., teamed up to immerse themselves in the history and legacy of the Indian Residential School in their community.
Three grade 8 classes at Dolphin Senior School in Mississauga, Ontario, participated in the Project of Heart in the winter of 2013. Students read selections from Shirley Sterling’s book, My Name is Seepeetza (Douglas & McIntyre, 1992), and conducted research on the Indian Residential School closest to them, The Mohawk Institute, in Brantford, Ontario. They then created posters about various topics related to the institute, and decorated and presented their tiles to the class. Continue reading
The grade 6 students of Riverside Elementary were deeply moved by the survivor Bob Pictou’s presentation. The students were captivated from the initial talk which lasted over 2 hours. Bob was accompanied by Nancy Oakley, Project of Heart Commemoration Project organizer for Nova Scotia, and her father. Continue reading