As the Truth and Reconciliation Commision has released its findings this past June — and published 94 calls to action — the timing of the BCTF’s initiative couldn’t have been better. The book is available free online.
The existence of this amazing resource is down to the commitment and inspiration of editor Gail Stromquist, the Assistant Director for Aboriginal Education and project lead for BCTF. Click here for the Sun’s story.
Many thanks going out to the BCTF teachers for their efforts in moving along the truth and reconciliation movement!
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 Salmon Arm Secondary remembers the lost children of Anahim and St. George’s
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.
Thanks to teacher Jean Moir and Aboriginal Support Worker Tara Helps, learners from Grade 4 through Grade 6 at Langley Meadows Community School (BC) had the chance to partner with Project of Heart this past term. They responded by giving heartfelt responses to their new knowledge of a what it meant for generations of young learners like themselves to be forced to attend the Residential Schools, now infamous for their “lasting and damaging impact on aboriginal culture, heritage and language”, in the words of Prime Minister Harper. The following document is a sample of those student responses: Continue reading Langley Meadows elementary students’ response: “Powerful and Compassionate”
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.
There is something amazing going on at Charles Hays Secondary School.
They aren’t going to tell us what that is yet… that is a surprise, but we are inviting everyone to follow this journey of learning, of respect, of sharing and of cultural reconciliation that brings Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people together.
Click here to find out more and to follow this exciting story.
The students in Social Justice 12 at Tamanawis Secondary in Surrey, BC, have garnered National attention with their recent Project of Heart commemoration efforts. The Student’s learned about the history of the Indian Residential School System in Canada before embarking on in-depth research into the Coqualeetza Lake Indian Residential School in Sardis, British Columbia. The class examined the history of the school as well the traditions and customs of the Sto: lo First Nation who mostly attended the school. We uploaded our research to missinghistory.ca as well as registered our class as 1 of 1000 Conversations.
The Unit culminated in the designing of our 50 commemoration tiles and 6 survivor cards as well as a brief look at the current funding issues concerning Reserve Schools. The Students wrote letters to their local Member of Parliament, Jinny Sims, outlining their understanding of the current conditions at Reserve Schools such as the one on the Attawapiskat First Nations Reserve. Ms. Sims was so impressed by their concerns and will be meeting with the students in the new year before making a statement in the House of Commons; using their letters in her statement. The entire experience has been a phenomenal one for the students, the level of their inquiry and engagement was inspiring. As a student teacher the success of this unit was tremendous and has been replicated with other classes within the school already.
The students of Mme.Bruneau’s social studies class at Charles Best Seoondary (Coquitlam, BC) recently explored the history of First Nations in Canada. From the first day everyone was compelled to help, intrigued to learn and showed outstanding efforts in this unit. You can follow their progress on their own website!
http://projectofheartbystudents.blogspot.ca/ Continue reading Students of Mme.Bruneau’s Social Studies Class
This past June was when Sicamous BC teacher Desiree Marshall-Peer and her students were first introduced to Project of Heart. Here’s what Marshall-Peer had to say honouring the lives of the students who did not make it home from Kitimaat Indian Residential School. Continue reading Project of Heart soars with Eagle River Secondary