Langdon School creates heartfelt Gesture of Reconciliation

This just in from Langdon, Alberta – classroom 9T:

My name is Susanne Moskal and I am a grade 9 teacher from Langdon School in Alberta. My students have spent the last few weeks working through Project of Heart. What an incredible project! This had a huge impact on myself and all of my students. We prepared our Gesture of Reconciliation and presented it an elder (residential school survivor) that visited our class. It was such a touching and powerful moment. My students put together the attached powerpoint to explain our project and showcase pictures of what we created.

Meegwetch Susanne – your classroom’s response is an inspiration to us all!

Rideau Hall’s “Heart Garden” could be first of many!

memoriesAs a tribute to all students of the Indian Residential Schools and their families, 500 children from the Ottawa-Gatineau area will join residential school survivors in creating a Heart Garden at Rideau Hall, the Governor General’s residence, by planting 1000 hearts with messages of reconciliation from across Canada. This is a joint initiative by the TRC, Project of Heart, KAIROS and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. Individuals, schools, community groups and communities are invited to join us in this initiative… Create a Heart Garden in your own community!.

Shannen’s legacy lives on


 

The memory of Shannen Koustachin was kept alive at a recent event at the Museum of Nature in Ottawa.

On the evening, June Girvan, Community Service Award winner for 2014, was feted by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation for her extraodinary work in children’s rights. June dedicated the award to the memory of Shannen Koustachen and her “Dream Team” of activists for carrying on Shannen’s work–equal education for First Nations children.Shannen has inspired youth across Canada to continue her work of bringing justice to First Nations children across Canada who continue to suffer systemic discrimination at the hands of the Federal government. Continue reading

Have a Heart for First Nations Children: Ottawa Project of Heart students take to the Hill


 

On February 10 students from Elizabeth Wyn Wood school in Ottawa made the decision to join with and support hundreds of other students from the National Capital area on Parliament Hill as they voiced their concerns to Prime Minister Stephen Harper–loud and clear! Continue reading

Young leaders take the helm at Covenant Chain V


 

The events at at the Diocesan Centre in Ottawa on October 18th will go down as “making history” in Project of Heart’s diary.
 
For the first time at a Kairos Covenant Chain Link conference, youth took over the plenary and guided the delegates through a session given by Shannen’s Dream Team from the National Capital region. Seven area students​ spoke of their journey of activism, inspired by First Nation youth Shannen Koustachen of Attawapiskat. Continue reading

Chrysler Corporation in the Motor City to welcome Project of Heart

drum flyer 2014Project 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

Salmon Arm Secondary remembers the lost children of Anahim and St. George’s


 

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

Pringle Creek P.S. — “End result was astounding”


 

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