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
Jeannie Hunter, vocal instructor at Hillcrest High School in Ottawa, enthusiastically embraced Project of Heart and so did her students. Here is what she had to say: Continue reading Musical Hillcrest High School in Harmony with Project of Heart!
Brad Boucher, Native Studies teacher at St. Pius X HS in Ottawa made history when he requested that a Project of Heart kit be sent to his school this year – it was the beginning of a learning experience that would see his school became the first-ever to complete the Project three years running! Continue reading Third time the charm for Ottawa’s St. Pius X H.S and Project of Heart
This past semester students from Ottawa’s Nepean High School once again participated in Project of Heart, marking the second time in two years their school has partnered with POH. Four Grade 9 Geography classes designed a total of 300 tiles in commemoration of the young lives lost at the Ridgemont Home for Children in Whitehorse and Pine Creek Indian Residential School in Manitoba.
Here’s what teacher Leigh Williamson had to say about the experience: Continue reading Nepean High School takes POH challenge for the second time
In October 2011, Kim Bruton from Sir Robert Borden High School in Ottawa contacted Project of Heart after hearing an interview regarding the Project on the CBC. It took no time for her to involve her Grade 12 “Canada: History, Identity, and Culture” course. Here’s what some of her students had to say after having completed the five-part education module, which commemorated students who died while attending an IRS, including those who lost their lives at St. Paul’s IRS in Cardston, Alberta: Continue reading CBC alerts Sir Robert Borden teacher to Project of Heart
In the winter of 2011, Mark Buccino from Mother Teresa Catholic High School in Ottawa teamed up with Project of Heart to give his students an experience Buccino says they’ll never forget. In relating his experiences with the grade 11 and 12 Native Studies students, Buccino emphasized the disbelief his students felt upon learning about the abuses endured by so many young aboriginal students. It was not uncommon to witness anger, as the students learned about the Canadian government’s complicity in the crimes committed at these schools. Continue reading Sturgeon Lake and Grouard Indian Residential School commemorated by Ottawa’s Mother Teresa HS
Project of Heart was invited to the University of Ottawa this past week, and made a presentation to a class of teacher candidates enrolled in Dr. Patricia Palulis’ “Holistic and Non-Traditional Approaches to Education” course. Thirty-five keen educators were on hand to hear from Sylvia Smith, coordinator of the project, who explained why it is important for our learners to know about our shared history, and to understand the reasons as to why this history has been marginalized, glossed over, or not taught at all. Continue reading Ottawa U educators commit to “Walking the Talk”
In October of 2011, students at Elizabeth Wyn Wood Alternative School in Ottawa put their books to the side, and instead studied a living history that until then few of them had known anything about. Continue reading Elizabeth Wyn Wood students remember the past, take action in the present