This past term students from Elizabeth Wyn Wood in Ottawa took all that they had learned about the Indian Residential Schools to heart, when they decided to put their words into action and attend the annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil hosted by the Native Women’s Association of Canada. Continue reading Honouring the lives lost in Residential Schools means demanding justice for the Missing and Murdered
At St. Pius X Catholic High School in Ottawa, ON, the students of the NDA 3M class recently completed their Project of Heart adventure. It began with weeks of learning about residential schools and the devastating impact they’ve had on the First Nations, Metis and Inuit people of Canada. Many students described it as an eye opening experience, really putting together the missing puzzle pieces they had been searching for. At the same time, it was also a memorable and enjoyable experience for them to feel like they were a part of something larger and to be able to give back, through the survivor cards), to a community searching for healing.
Our thanks to Glebe Collegiate teacher Aneke Jansen van Doorn Cambell for this report; in it she shares the experience of remembering the students who lost their lives at Ahousat Indian Residential School in B.C. and the Federal Hostel at Igloolik, Nunavut. Continue reading Ottawa: Glebe Collegiate Aboriginal Awareness Day incorporates Project of Heart
Following through with Native Studies teacher Grace Lloyd’s initiative, teachers Leanne Schachow, William French, and Sandra Uniacke worked with their grade 9 and grade 8 students to learn about the Indian Residential Schools and its impact on Aboriginal communities today. Continue reading Rideau District High School, Elgin Ontario, remembers the children of Port Simpson IRS
Congratulations to Tanya Rafuse’s grade 11 students who partnered with Project of Heart this spring to heighten awareness of the Indian Residential Schools and to take action to address contemporary injustices. Residential School survivor and recording artist, Christopher Herodier Snowboy, spoke with students about his experiences. Through Chris’s witnessing, students were made aware that many survivors continue to live the losses that the IRS inflicted upon them each day. Continue reading Merivale High School remembers the Aboriginal students of Grandin College in N.W.T.
Elizabeth Wyn Wood Alternative High School students in Ottawa participated in Project of Heart for the second time this year, with enthusiasm, respect, and action. Continue reading Ottawa students walk to urge Canada to remember that FN children’s Dreams Matter Too!
Native Studies teacher Jaden Lairson from Woodroffe High School in Ottawa recently led students through Project of Heart. Here’s what Jaden had to say about the experience: Continue reading Woodroffe High School students commemorate children from Bishop Horden Hall in Moose Factory
Michael Bernards, Native Studies teacher at Lester B. Pearson, has now brought Project of Heart into his classroom the third year running. After studying and learning about the Residential School system in Canada, his students were eager to commemorate the lives affected and lost, and also wanted to speak out about the injustices that Aboriginals suffered, and continue to struggle with, today. Continue reading Gloucester’s Lester B. Pearson H.S. remember students’ lives lost at Beauval IRS, Federal Hostel in Frobisher Bay
St. Pius X Catholic High School in Ottawa commemorated the Aboriginal students from Fort McPherson Indian Residential School (Fleming Hall) in N.W.T. as well as The Federal Hostel (Eskimo Point) in Nunavut. The children who did not make it home from these schools are remembered as through the beautiful creations of the Pius students. Continue reading St. Pius X takes part in Project of Heart for third time
Teacher Lisa Howell made the winter term a meaningful one for her students from Pierre Elliott Elementary School in Gatineau. Her class commemorated the children who went away to La Tuque IRS in Quebec, and never made it home. Continue reading Attawapiskat Elder brings Survivor knowledge to Gatineau learners