Category Archives: GTA

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

Port Perry students roll with Project of Heart for 3rd year running

Native Studies and Native Arts students at Port Perry High School recently participated in Project of Heart — for the 3rd year in a row! Seasoned Native Studies and History teacher, Nancy Hamer-Strahl, brought students through the learning module by commemorating the students from Stirland Lake (Ontario), Crystal Bay (Manitoba) and Battleford Industrial School (Saskatchewan). Continue reading Port Perry students roll with Project of Heart for 3rd year running

Halton Catholic students commemorate children of IRSs in Quebec, Northwest Territories, and Ontario.

Fort Providence IRS - Photo courtesy of Library and Archives Canada

 
Learners in the Halton Catholic District School Board (Ontario) will be able to look back on a memorable day due to Aboriginal Liason Officer Sherry Saevil, who took the time and the energy to make it possible for over 60 students from across the Board to learn about the impact of the Residential Schools on Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

Indigenous children who never returned home from going to Indian Residential Schools in Amos (QC), Fort Providence (NWT), Alexandra School for Girls (Toronto, ON), Cecelia Jeffery (ON), McIntosh (ON), and Spanish (ON) were all remembered through talk, ceremony, and action.

 

Fenelon Falls Secondary School commemorates the students of George River Federal Hostel

George River Federal Hostel is red dot at top right, closest to boundary with Labrador

Fenelon Falls (Ontario) teacher Linda Zernask recently accompanied her students on a journey of discovery with Project of Heart. Her students uncovered a new and challenging view of recent Canadian history as they listened to Elder Cliff Standingready recall his own experiences at Indian Residential Schools. Continue reading Fenelon Falls Secondary School commemorates the students of George River Federal Hostel

Dolphin Senior School honours the memory of the students who never came home from the Mohawk Institute

 

Three grade 8 classes at Dolphin Senior School in Mississauga, Ontario, participated in the Project of Heart in the winter of 2013. Students read selections from Shirley Sterling’s book, My Name is Seepeetza (Douglas & McIntyre, 1992), and conducted research on the Indian Residential School closest to them, The Mohawk Institute, in Brantford, Ontario. They then created posters about various topics related to the institute, and decorated and presented their tiles to the class. Continue reading Dolphin Senior School honours the memory of the students who never came home from the Mohawk Institute

Garth Webb Secondary School

At Garth Webb Secondary School in Oakville, Ontario, every Grade 10 student participated in the Project of Heart this year.  Named after a D-Day veteran, Garth Webb Secondary School embraces a culture of active remembrance and respect for all Canadians. The students created their tiles with a specific survivor in mind, after reading first-hand accounts of experiences in residential schools. This experience was made even more powerful by hearing IRS survivor Geronimo Henry speak about his life during his years at Mohawk School in Brantford, ON. For many students, this was their first exposure to the IRS legacy in Canada, and has sparked an interest and appreciation for the issues facing Aboriginal people today.

Williams Parkway Senior Public School rocks Project of Heart

Elder Garry Sault - photo by George Beshiri of the Brampton Guardian

Eileen MacDougald and Lesle McKay are teachers from Williams Parkway Senior Public School in Brampton, Ontario. Working together, Eileen and Leslie integrated Project of Heart into their history class as they dovetailed the themes of Confederation and the settlement of Western Canada with the emergence of the residential school era. Continue reading Williams Parkway Senior Public School rocks Project of Heart

Brampton’s Parkway Public School makes the Six O’Clock news with Project of Heart

 

It was after watching CBC’s “8th Fire” this past spring that Laura Leichnitz decided to bring Project of Heart into her classroom at Parkway Public in Brampton, Ontario. Soon her students were honouring the Aboriginal children who did not survive their experiences at Joussard and Whitefish Lake Indian Residential Schools in Alberta. After learning about the Indian Residential Schools and decorating the tiles, Elder Gary Sault visited the school for a day and performed the smudge ceremony. After the ceremony, the Parkway students went into high gear, exercising their citizenship and making their voices heard.Here’s what Laura’s students had to say about putting their learning into action for justice: Continue reading Brampton’s Parkway Public School makes the Six O’Clock news with Project of Heart