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Moving hearts at Timiskaming District S.S.


Mary Graham and the students in her Native Studies course at Timiskaming District Secondary School in Northern Ontario will never forget commemorating the students who lost their lives while attending the Federal Hostel in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. As Graham states, “It is a project of learning, of compassion, and of reconciliation.” Continue reading Moving hearts at Timiskaming District S.S.

Sioux Lookout Students complete Project of Heart

 

“Painting the wooden tiles was an honour. I felt very good about being able to contribute towards the healing of so many wounds. I had always wanted to and with the lyrics of my favourite motivational song I was able to do so. ‘Keep holding on, just stay strong.’ Those words helped me through a lot of times in my life and I felt they could help those affected by residential schools.”

 

These are the words of Miranda Henderson, Grade 12 student at Queen Elizabeth District High School. Miranda and many other Grade 10 Native Studies students were lucky to be in Sylvia Davis’ classroom when they found an excellent way to commemorate both the survivors of the Indian Residential Schools as well as the ones who never made it back home. Continue reading Sioux Lookout Students complete Project of Heart

Brampton’s Parkway Public School makes the Six O’Clock news with Project of Heart

 

It was after watching CBC’s “8th Fire” this past spring that Laura Leichnitz decided to bring Project of Heart into her classroom at Parkway Public in Brampton, Ontario. Soon her students were honouring the Aboriginal children who did not survive their experiences at Joussard and Whitefish Lake Indian Residential Schools in Alberta. After learning about the Indian Residential Schools and decorating the tiles, Elder Gary Sault visited the school for a day and performed the smudge ceremony. After the ceremony, the Parkway students went into high gear, exercising their citizenship and making their voices heard.Here’s what Laura’s students had to say about putting their learning into action for justice: Continue reading Brampton’s Parkway Public School makes the Six O’Clock news with Project of Heart

Bala Avenue remembers the children who never came home

For the past two years, Roilui Sin, kindergarten and special education teacher at Bala Avenue Community School in Toronto, has been working on Project of Heart with her students by remembering the students of Bishop Horden Hall in northern Ontario. Students explored the reality of the Indian Residential School experience through literature, drama, and videos. Continue reading Bala Avenue remembers the children who never came home

Georgian Bay Secondary: “Tiles were the highlight!”

The students at Georgian Bay Secondary School, under the leadership of teacher Nancy-Jean Lahn, embarked on a semester-long exploration of the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit culture and history. Project of Heart was easily incorporated into the classroom learning as the students commemorated the lives lost at St. Albert IRS in Alberta. Continue reading Georgian Bay Secondary: “Tiles were the highlight!”

Peninsula Shores District School Remembers the Children of Shingwauk and St. Phillips

 

Teacher Timothy Cooper and his Grade 9 Native Studies students from Peninsula Shores District School in Wiarton Ontario recently took a plunge into Project of Heart, immersing themselves in new knowledge about the IRS era in Canada. In Cooper’s own words, “I stumbled upon it while watching the CBC’s “8th Fire” television series. The reaction was extraordinary. Without exception, the students were excited and determined to get involved, and I promised them I would investigate the possibility of making our own contribution.” Continue reading Peninsula Shores District School Remembers the Children of Shingwauk and St. Phillips

Rideau District High School, Elgin Ontario, remembers the children of Port Simpson IRS

 

Following through with Native Studies teacher Grace Lloyd’s initiative, teachers Leanne Schachow, William French, and Sandra Uniacke worked with their grade 9 and grade 8 students to learn about the Indian Residential Schools and its impact on Aboriginal communities today. Continue reading Rideau District High School, Elgin Ontario, remembers the children of Port Simpson IRS

St. Mary Catholic Secondary commemorates students from Caribou and St. Mary IRS


Teachers Alanna Brown, Cathie McDavid, Ms. Ginesi, and Colleen Hudson of St.Mary Catholic Secondary School in Pickering, Ontario went on a journey of discovery with their respective classes this past June, learning about the IRS system in Canada and gaining a glimpse into the Aboriginal world-view as they listened to the teachings of Elder and IRS survivor, Cliff Standingready. Continue reading St. Mary Catholic Secondary commemorates students from Caribou and St. Mary IRS

Arran Tara Elementary remembers the students of St. Albert IRS

Grade 5/6 teacher, Nanci Cameron, delivered Project of Heart to her elementary students in Tara, Ontario with the help of Aboriginal Lead Teacher, Ray Auger. The students commemorated the lives lost at St. Albert Indian Residential School in Alberta.  Nanci states, “We learned so much about the Indian Residential Schools, and the crisis in Attawapiskat, and my students really wanted to help.” Continue reading Arran Tara Elementary remembers the students of St. Albert IRS