Sheryl Mattson’s students at Cobourg District Collegiate Institute were learning of things they never thought could happen in Canada. They progressed through the first three steps of POH, reading stories and articles as well as watching videos and DVDs. Though the new knowledge was changing their understanding of their country’s history, they still could never have predicted the transformation that occurred at “Step 4”, when Elder Ron Howard, an Indian Residential School survivor from the Hiawatha First Nation, visited the classroom. Continue reading Cobourg students “moved beyond what they had imagined”.
Here’s what Brandon Coleman from Tagwi Secondary School in Avonmore, Ontario reported about Project of Heart: Continue reading Tagwi Secondary and the “not so nice” side of Canadian history
Native Studies teacher Pamela Vanderburg from East Northumberland Secondary School in Brighton, Ontario has come up with a unique way to present Project of Heart to her grade 10 learners.
Here’s Pam on just how she did it: Continue reading East Northumberland Secondary honours the lives lost at Yukon Hall IRS
This spring students and staff from Bishop Smith Catholic High School in Pembroke, Ontario hosted Project of Heart for a second year running. An Elder and IRS survivor from the Algonquin community along with his daughter, granddaughters, and grandsons were invited to participate in the smudging ceremony. The event was video-recorded for the Elder — who could not speak — but who, along with his granddaughter, danced a healing dance around the tiles. Continue reading Pembroke’s Bishop Smith Catholic High School re-connects with Project of Heart
This past term 32 students from Bishop Smith Catholic School in Pembroke, Ontario commemorated the children who died at Thunderchild IRS and Sturgeon Landing IRS, both in Saskatchewan. The Bishop Smith participants were students of Kathrin Winkler, teacher of Aboriginal Cultures through the Arts. Continue reading Pembroke students commemorate Saskatchewan Indian Residential School victims