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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

Nine schools in Durham board join Project of Heart

--Completed tiles from Port Perry High School in Durham District--

Under the leadership of Native Studies teacher, Nancy Hamer-Strahl, last year Port Perry High School in the Durham District School Board (DDSB) participated in Project of Heart.

Nancy recognized the initiative provided an excellent way for students to respond in a meaningful way to the emotions they were feeling as a result of learning about the tragic loss of children’s lives due to the Indian Residential Schools. Continue reading Nine schools in Durham board join Project of Heart

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

Manitoba residential school victims honoured by St. Piux X High School

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Stacy Villeneuve, Native Studies teacher from St. Pius X Catholic High School in Ottawa, brought Project of Heart to her school this spring, and commemorated the deaths of the young students from two Indian Residential Schools in Manitoba: Assiniboia IRS (Winnipeg) and St.Boniface IRS (St.Boniface). Continue reading Manitoba residential school victims honoured by St. Piux X High School

Guelph’s John F. Ross C.V.I remembers four residential schools

Colinda Clyne, Head of Special Education at John F. Ross C.V.I. in  Guelph, whole-heartedly embraced Project of Heart along with her students in April of this year. “The students loved this project”, she reported. She later presented it at her region’s Professional Learning Community’s conference as part of the “making connections” segment of the event. Continue reading Guelph’s John F. Ross C.V.I remembers four residential schools

Immaculata H.S. remembers Beauval and Fort Pelly schools

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Immaculata Catholic High School in Ottawa found out about the Indian Residential Schools through the efforts of grade 9 Native Studies teacher Loretta DeEugenio.  Loretta and her students were fortunate enough to have an Indian Residential School survivor come to their classroom in May, to talk about the impact that the IRS had on him personally, his family, and his community.  The lives of the lost children that were commemorated were from Fort Pelly IRS and Beaval IRS, both in Saskatchewan. Continue reading Immaculata H.S. remembers Beauval and Fort Pelly schools

All Saints Catholic H.S. students experience Project of Heart

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On May 26th, All Saints Catholic School in Kanata participated in Project of Heart. It capped off Aboriginal Awareness Week at their school, and provided a unique opportunity for the whole school to learn about Indian Residential Schools and their impact on Aboriginal families and communities from their Indigenous guests. Native Studies teacher Amy Talarico and Art teacher Graham Mastersmith teamed up to help guide their students in learning about this much under-taught aspect of Canadian history, in preparation for presentations by an IRS survivor and a respected Elder. Continue reading All Saints Catholic H.S. students experience Project of Heart

Personal connection brings Amos IRS close to home for Ottawa teacher

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This spring, Lynn Rainboth, a veteran teacher at Devonshire Public School in Ottawa along with her grade 6 class, commemorated the Indigenous students who went to Amos Indian Residential School in Amos, Quebec. This school was chosen because of a unique personal connection – Rainboth herself had taught the Barriere Lake First Nation children at Lac Rapide in the early 1990s, and many of the community members had attended Amos IRS in their youth. The community was “close to her heart” she says, and it became close to hearts of her 10 year olds as well, as can be seem in this article written by Kitchissippi Times correspondant, Salah Sultan. Continue reading Personal connection brings Amos IRS close to home for Ottawa teacher

Spanish Girls School remembered by Port Perry

By Nancy Hamer Strahl  –Teacher, Port Perry High School, Port Perry, Ontario

This past semester, my Current Aboriginal Issues class was privileged to meet Larry Loyie, author and residential school survivor. His story changed the lives of my students and they felt they wanted to do something for the survivors and for those who never made it back home. Project of Heart gave us an opportunity to do just that. Continue reading Spanish Girls School remembered by Port Perry