Category Archives: Ottawa and Area

Project of Heart Presents IRS Commemoration Workshop to University of Ottawa Education students

Project of Heart co-presenters Stacy Villeneauve and Laurie Joe joined POH coordinator Sylvia Smith as they introduced POH to University of Ottawa students at the “Developing a Global Perspective for Educators Fall Institute” on October 1st. Continue reading Project of Heart Presents IRS Commemoration Workshop to University of Ottawa Education students

SUNY Potsdam students experience Project of Heart

 

The department of Curriculum and Instruction and the School of Education and Professional Studies at the State University of Potsdam, NY, invited Project of Heart to their satellite campus at Dominican University College (Ottawa) to deliver a hands-on, interactive session. Under the guidance of Professor Shelley Jones, elementary school teacher Lynn Rainboth, shared her experiences with the Masters of Science in Teaching (Childhood) Program students. Continue reading SUNY Potsdam students experience Project of Heart

All Saints Catholic High School joins POH for second year; saving Beaver Pond a social justice goal

Graham Mastersmith is the Senior Visual Arts and Photography Teacher at All Saints Catholic High School in Kanata, and for the second year in a row his art students have teamed with Project of Heart — this time by remembering the students from Fort Smith IRS (Breyant Hall) in Nunavut, Chesterfield Inlet IRS in the North West Territories, and the Covenant of Holy Angels IRS in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta. Continue reading All Saints Catholic High School joins POH for second year; saving Beaver Pond a social justice goal

Merivale High School commemorates lives lost at Fort Alexander Indian Residential School

Teacher Tanya Rafuse’s Grade 12 ‘Challenge and Change’ students chose to commemorate the deaths of the children at the Fort Alexander Indian Residential School in Manitoba. Students applied not only their talent, but their hearts and spirits as they created tiny masterpieces — painted tiles that will one day be offered to former students who were victimized by that IRS. Continue reading Merivale High School commemorates lives lost at Fort Alexander Indian Residential School

Cairine Wilson SS sets the bar high with commemoration of students from Red Deer Industrial School in Alberta.

The pattern of human rights abuses ‘settled-in’, as Cairine Wilson Secondary School students in Ottawa, under the guidance of teacher Malia Robin, made the links between the historical Indian Residential School abuses in Canada, and present-day abuses against Indigenous peoples  — violations that human rights instruments such as the Canadian Charter of Human Rights the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People were designed to prevent. Continue reading Cairine Wilson SS sets the bar high with commemoration of students from Red Deer Industrial School in Alberta.

Notre Dame students remember Round Lake IRS

In April 2011 Ottawa teacher Alanna Bell and students in her Native Studies class from Notre Dame High School participated in Project of Heart.  Eighteen students decorated 450 tiles, half the current student population of Notre Dame, the percentage of students that would have perished if Notre Dame would have been Round Lake Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan at the height of the assimilation period. It is the students of this IRS that students commemorated in their first gesture of reconciliation to the survivors and their families. Here’s how Alanna describes what happened: Continue reading Notre Dame students remember Round Lake IRS

Project of Heart workshop at Immaculata Aboriginal Student Conference

Indigenous Elders, Indian Residential School Survivors, Metis Fiddlers and First Nations and Inuit Singers and Drummers — they were all part of the program at Ottawa’s Immaculata High School Aboriginal Student Conference, organized by Immaculata teacher Debbie Tracy and the Learning Partner for Aboriginal Education for the Ottawa Catholic School Board, Carolyn Brambles. Continue reading Project of Heart workshop at Immaculata Aboriginal Student Conference

“Shannen’s Dream”: a Day of Action on Parliament Hill

On April 27th, Project of Heart took part in a student-led day of action on Parliament Hill to encourage the federal government to stay true to its promise to build a new school in the northern community of Attawapiskat and all First Nations communities lacking adequate educational facilities for their children. Continue reading “Shannen’s Dream”: a Day of Action on Parliament Hill

Lester B. Pearson partners with Project of Heart for second year running

Teacher Michael Bernards from Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School in Ottawa joined a host of learners for a second year by involving his grade 11 Native Studies class in the commemoration of the children who died at  the St. Eugene Indian Residential School in British Columbia and the Fort Alexander Indian Residential School in Manitoba. Continue reading Lester B. Pearson partners with Project of Heart for second year running