Sometimes we wonder: is there is a school board in Canada more committed to teaching the truth about the Residential School era than the Durham District School Board in Ontario?
Once again a committed Durham Board teacher, Kimberly Hutt from Pringle Creek Public School, has partnered with Project of Heart to create a powerful learning experience.
Here’s Kimberley, in her own words: Continue reading Pringle Creek P.S. — “End result was astounding”
Setting a Canada-wide record for POH participation, Ottawa teacher Michael Bernards sent in this report (below the bump) to document the occasion.
Our thanks also go out Thomas Louttit, an IRS survivor, who came in to talk to Michael’s students and to smudge the tiles.
Continue reading Lester B. Pearson makes it six years in a row
The Project of Heart reconciliation module is not just about schools — workplaces can partner with POH too, and recently the Public Heath Agency of Canada (Ontario) did just that.
The experience was carefully documented by PHAC’s Ronda Evans in an amazing series of dedicated blog posts she has shared with us here.
What could be more timely and relevant, than doing Project of Heart in the “Creating Healthy, Safe, and Supportive Learning Environments” (PED 3139) course at the University of Ottawa?
This past week, 40 teacher candidates from Warren McBride’s class participated in each step of Project of Heart, learning the truths of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools. Continue reading Teacher candidates at Ottawa U get mini-immersion in Project of Heart
The “Have a Heart for First Nations Children” rally got under-way on unceded Algonquin Territory with Elizabeth Wyn Wood students in Ottawa joining up with Pierre Elliot Trudeau Elemetary School students from Gatineau, Quebec. Continue reading Project of Heart students brave the snow to speak out for F.N. children
This past term students from Elizabeth Wyn Wood in Ottawa took all that they had learned about the Indian Residential Schools to heart, when they decided to put their words into action and attend the annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil hosted by the Native Women’s Association of Canada. Continue reading Honouring the lives lost in Residential Schools means demanding justice for the Missing and Murdered
Native Studies and Native Arts students at Port Perry High School recently participated in Project of Heart — for the 3rd year in a row! Seasoned Native Studies and History teacher, Nancy Hamer-Strahl, brought students through the learning module by commemorating the students from Stirland Lake (Ontario), Crystal Bay (Manitoba) and Battleford Industrial School (Saskatchewan). Continue reading Port Perry students roll with Project of Heart for 3rd year running
Sheryl Mattson’s students at Cobourg District Collegiate Institute were learning of things they never thought could happen in Canada. They progressed through the first three steps of POH, reading stories and articles as well as watching videos and DVDs. Though the new knowledge was changing their understanding of their country’s history, they still could never have predicted the transformation that occurred at “Step 4”, when Elder Ron Howard, an Indian Residential School survivor from the Hiawatha First Nation, visited the classroom. Continue reading Cobourg students “moved beyond what they had imagined”.
It took time, a whole lot of it — and agonizing consideration — before John C. Yesno Education Centre teacher Courtney Strutt did something that brought students, staff members, and the community of Eabometoong (Fort Hope) together to do something that took courage and belief in the power of the human spirit.
Courtney knew the hurt ran deep. She knew wounds would be reopened if she were to join a movement that was beginning to spread across the entire country: teaching the truth about Canadian history. But Courtney did what she knew she had to do, and in the end, leaders of the Truth and Reconciliation movement in Canada would highlight her actions as a model for settlers in this country to follow. Please read her account here: Continue reading Eabametoong students use Project of Heart to discover families’ own memories of Residential Schools