Students at Frederick Banting Secondary School in Stittsville participated in Project of Heart as part of their Lifeskills and Aboriginal Studies courses. They chose to commemorate the Spanish Indian Residential School – formerly Wikwemikong – in Manitoulin Island. The tiles were smudged by Willy Bruce, who is a Native veteran and Carrier of the Aboriginal Vetern’s Eagle Staff. Students participated in an Honour Song at the Drum and listened attentively to Willy as he shared the Traditional Teachings on values that should govern our choices in life. As well, Willy gifted an Eagle Feather to the Banting Staff to honour all the young warriors who gave their health or lives as a result of the IRS experience. Continue reading Frederick Banting Alternate stands witness to residential school history
Project of Heart graduates from across the National Capital Region gathered at Rideau Hall this past month to help the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) launch its “five year journey” to educate Canadians about the residential school era. Continue reading “Five year journey” sets off with help from Ottawa POH learners
The First Place students were reacting to what they had learned about the experience of being aboriginal during the Residential School era in Canada. The empathy they felt with the story of the abused students of their chosen school — Poplar Hill Residential School in Northern Ontario — showed clearly in the care and creativity with which they crafted their memorial tiles. Continue reading “I know what it’s like to be singled out”
The infamous Mohawk Institute was an Indian Residential School in Brantford, Ontario, which operated for over a century, finally closing its doors for good in 1969. Earlier this month, students of Elizabeth Wyn Wood Alternative School in Ottawa commemorated the children whose lives were lost as a result of attending the “Mush Hole”, as the institute was known to generations of students. (Click on image to see the set description, click here to see the slideshow.)
Students from art teacher Emily Park’s classroom joined with others students to participate in Project of Heart. Continue reading Ottawa School commemorates notorious Mush Hole
We are a family of four, including two children aged 14 and 12, and in August 2008 we set out from Ottawa on a year-long round-the-world back packing adventure. Before leaving, we decided to participate in Project of Heart. We received the wooden tiles and agreed to keep in contact with the Project of Heart team in Ottawa.
POH would send us, via email, several names of children who had died while attending Indian Residential Schools in Canada and we would choose an appropriate location in the world to dedicate and decorate these blocks in those children’s memory. Continue reading Ottawa family takes POH around the world
In one of its last community activities as an independent congregation before amalgamating to form Kitchissippi United Church, members of Northwestern United Church in Ottawa’s west end gathered in May to participate in a Project of Heart workshop.
Led by POH co-founder Louise Madaire, the group met to do some research and find out a little of the Unitied Church’s complicity in carrying out the government’s “genetic engineering” project. A map of the IRSs across the country show which denominations and which locations the schools resided. Participants then met on a second evening to decorate the tiles and decide on a social justice issue to confront head-on. Click on the image to see the photo set from the two evenings.
Project of Heart paid a return visit to the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau on March 2 to witness the start of the Aboriginal and Church Leaders tour. After the national capital area, the tour will be moving on to Vancouver, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.
On February 8 Project of Heart was part of a dual presentation at the Museum of Civilization, made to an attentive group of Ottawa area teachers from a variety of subject areas. Continue reading Workshop News