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Waiting for the apology: Project of Heart on CBC Ottawa Morning

On the day before the Prime Minister’s official apology CBC Ottawa asked Project of Heart’s Greta Neepin and Sylvia Smith into the studio to talk about what the apology means to survivors and how the residential school era is being taught in schools like Elizabeth Wyn Wood Alternate Site.

The segment includes interviews with Wyn Wood students Violet Roseheart and Tommy Peacock.

Our thanks PODCO New Media for converting the file to podcast format.

Reuters tells the truth about residential schools

ProtestorThe truth about the Indian Residential Schooling era makes uncomfortable reading for many Canadians, and that can sometimes include the editors of our increasingly-concentrated news media.

However, in this article on the Reuters site, no punches are pulled.  As Canadians perhaps it is time we reflect on the way our “good-guy” image is taking a beating in the international news media, who are not afraid to report on the truths many of us seem to find unpalatable.

IRSRC marks Aboriginal Awareness Week

As part of Aboriginal Awareness Week, Project of Heart held a workshop for employees at Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada (IRSRC) and representatives from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Embracing the POH initiative, participants had positive comments on the workshop experience: “I learned that Canadians do care about history and how it informs the present” and “it would be great to see this in my son’s school” were typical of the responses the demonstration elicited.

Ottawa Educators

ParticipantsEducators from the Ottawa area came together on May 10th to participate in Project of Heart. and learn about the impact of Indian Residential Schooling on various Indigenous communities in Ontario.

At the end of the day, Residential school survivor Greta Neepin arrived to smudge the participants and the decorated tiles.

In their words: Southeast Collegiate students

Participant quotes from the students of Winnipeg’s Southeast Collegiate were very powerful — and worth sharing here:

“When they started Residential Schools, everything was different. They lost a lot of hope. When our people went to Residential Schools, they were physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually abused by clergy and school staff. Today, many of the Residential School survivors have been drinking a lot. They still cannot stop the pain from the past.” Myrna F Continue reading In their words: Southeast Collegiate students

Tiles smudged at Ottawa high school

SmudgingOn March 20 residential school survivors and honoured guests joined students and staff at Elizabeth Wyn Wood Alternate School in Ottawa at the first-ever tile-smudging ceremony for Project of Heart.Our thanks go out to Lisgar Collegiate student Petra Smith who photographed the event; an annoted slideshow of the morning’s programme can be seen here. Continue reading Tiles smudged at Ottawa high school