Category Archives: Ottawa and Area

St. Pius commemorates Desmarais and Joussard residential schools

Native Studies teacher Stacy Villeneuve from St. Pius X H.S. in Ottawa and her students commemorated the lives of the students of Desmarais Indian Residential School as well as Joussard IRS both run by the Catholic Church in Alberta. After students decorated the tiles, Christopher Herodier Snowboy, a James Bay Cree, was invited to speak to the class
and recounted some of his IRS experiences. Continue reading St. Pius commemorates Desmarais and Joussard residential schools

Project of Heart teams with March for Justice for human rights and sustainability

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On Saturday, March 5, the University of Ottawa’s Winter Institute — “Practical Tools and Resources for Change” — once again provided teacher candidates with practical resources to integrate themes of peace, justice, human rights, environmental sustainability, and international development. Continue reading Project of Heart teams with March for Justice for human rights and sustainability

Sir Wilfred Laurier students lead Project of Heart

Project of Heart wants to thank Kevin Conquest and Duulaa Roba for their hard work in getting P.O.H. off the ground and into the hearts of the students at Sir Wilfred Laurier High School in Ottawa. Chris Herodier Snowboy, IRS survivor and singer/songwriter, joined with the Sir Wilfed students to interpret the Project from his own experience, making the learning far more personal than  what most learners have come to expect from a history module. Continue reading Sir Wilfred Laurier students lead Project of Heart

Children’s Aid Society joins with Project of Heart to make gestures of reconciliation

Recently the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) of Ottawa undertook Project of Heart as a way to enact meaningful gestures  to acknowledge the systemic imbalances that see many Aboriginal children  placed in child protection services away from their communities.  The CAS exercise was spearheaded by Kristin Moir; her team  is one of four that has been designated within the Society to serve the First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities in Ottawa. Continue reading Children’s Aid Society joins with Project of Heart to make gestures of reconciliation

Survivors share their stories with Teachers’ Federation workshop

An Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) professional development workshop at 440 Albert Street in Ottawa was the scene on November 25, when Project of Heart presented on how “emotional intelligence and cultural proficiency” could empower teachers to integrate the First Nations, Inuit, and Metis perspective into their classrooms. It soon became obvious that there was a lot of expertise in the room, and the lived experiential knowledge  that participants shared with each other as they listened and learned helped the group to grapple with our ‘newcomer’ ancestral historical legacy. Continue reading Survivors share their stories with Teachers’ Federation workshop

Nepean High School remembers Ermineskin and Lac La Biche residential schools

Report by Leigh Williamson, Outdoor Education Teacher, Nepean High School

A cross-section of engaged and enthusiastic  grade 10 students at Nepean High School in Ottawa undertook the Project of Heart this fall. Our Outdoor Education class started off by taking a broad look at racism, stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination to lay the foundation.  We watched a brief NFB video called “For Angela”, which helped to differentiate between those terms and their meanings. Continue reading Nepean High School remembers Ermineskin and Lac La Biche residential schools

Barrhaven United Church remembers Boys’ Industrial Residential School in Spanish, Ontario

Report by Bonnie Dillon, Barrhaven United Church

The Barrhaven United Church (BUC) Project of Heart was inspired by Wendy Trower from Kitchissippi United Church in Ottawa and coordinated by Bonnie Dillon, a member of the church. Continue reading Barrhaven United Church remembers Boys’ Industrial Residential School in Spanish, Ontario

Anglican Diocese of Ottawa

On Saturday, October 23rd, Ottawa’s Church of the Epiphany (Anglican) hosted members of the diocese’s Primates World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), who gathered to learn about the Indian Residential Schools.  Participants engaged in a hands-on workshop to learn how their respective congregations in the diocese could engage in gestures of reconciliation through doing Project of Heart.  The Indigenous children who died as a result of forced attendance at Stringer Hall Indian Residential School in Inuvik, North West Territories, were commemorated through the tiles decorated on their behalf. Continue reading Anglican Diocese of Ottawa

Justice at home and justice abroad: Project of Heart links up with international popular education projects

Project of Heart went back to school for the Fall Institute held at the University of Ottawa in early October. This year the Institute’s theme was “Developing a Global Perspective for Educators“; the goal was to equip Faculty of Education teacher-candidates with tools to integrate human rights and social justice issues into the curriculum. Continue reading Justice at home and justice abroad: Project of Heart links up with international popular education projects