Project of Heart is thrilled to finally arrive in the U.S.A!
We have received the news that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Detroit will be presenting POH for Native American Month in November.
Jay Jones, of Potawatomi and Ojibwa decent, is a Senior Designer and co-chair of the First Nations Group at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. He tells us, “We are in a building that has 16,000 people on any given day. I hope we have to turn people away.”
The event will most certainly be an eye-opener for most, but will have special significance for Jay. Susie Jones, Jay’s mother, is the honoured guest. As an IRS survivor, Susie will share her story as gestures of reconciliation are created to honour those who did not. Continue reading
Under the leadership of teacher Chelsea Prince, Salmon Arm Secondary completed Project of Heart by commemorating the students who attended Anahim IRS and St. George’s IRS, both in British Columbia.
Teaching this painful part of Canadian history was taken to heart by Salmon Arm students, as their heart-felt reflections (below the bump) so aptly demonstrate.
Project of Heart is grateful to the students and Ms. Prince for the effort that was taken to learn about this under-taught part of our shared history. Meegwetch. Continue reading
Harmony House is a transition home for women surviving domestic violence, and recently resident Helen Kakekapetum, an IRS suvivor from McIntosh IRS in Ontario, requested that Project of Heart be invited into the circle for two workshops to raise awareness among the women of the impact that residential schools had and continues to have. Continue reading
Sometimes we wonder: is there is a school board in Canada more committed to teaching the truth about the Residential School era than the Durham District School Board in Ontario?
Once again a committed Durham Board teacher, Kimberly Hutt from Pringle Creek Public School, has partnered with Project of Heart to create a powerful learning experience.
Here’s Kimberley, in her own words: Continue reading
Setting a Canada-wide record for POH participation, Ottawa teacher Michael Bernards sent in this report (below the bump) to document the occasion.
Our thanks also go out Thomas Louttit, an IRS survivor, who came in to talk to Michael’s students and to smudge the tiles.
Our thanks go out English 11 Students Deanica Galo and Lisa Chan along with their teacher Patti Alison from Richmond Secondary School in B.C. who recently completed the Project of Heart module and sent this note, along with pictures of completed tiles and survivor cards.
The Project of Heart reconciliation module is not just about schools — workplaces can partner with POH too, and recently the Public Heath Agency of Canada (Ontario) did just that.
The experience was carefully documented by PHAC’s Ronda Evans in an amazing series of dedicated blog posts she has shared with us here.
Editor’s note: This report was submitted to us by Jeff Myck, Social 10-1 Teacher, Tofield School, Alberta.
31 students from Tofield School attended the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Education Day on Thursday, March 27 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton.
The day was filled with information explaining to students the plight of those who attended Indian Residential Schools in Canada. Students listened and engaged in the sessions on “Stereotypes of Aboriginal Peoples” and a round-table talk with “Intergenerational Survivors of Residential Schools”. Some perceptions and comments from my grade 10 social studies class are mentioned below in postcards that are being sent to survivors. Tiles were also created as a gesture of reconciliation (see attached photos). Continue reading
What could be more timely and relevant, than doing Project of Heart in the “Creating Healthy, Safe, and Supportive Learning Environments” (PED 3139) course at the University of Ottawa?
This past week, 40 teacher candidates from Warren McBride’s class participated in each step of Project of Heart, learning the truths of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools. Continue reading
Manitoba teacher Monica Sharma recently shared this inspiring update from her Grade 7 classroom: Continue reading