All eyes were on IRS survivor Helen Kakekapetum as Professor Barbara Brockmann’s Education students at the University of Ottawa heard first-hand how Indian Residential Schools had affected Helen’s life from the age of four. Continue reading Teachers candidates get immersion course in Project of Heart
For the first time at a Kairos Covenant Chain Link conference, youth took over the plenary and guided the delegates through a session given by Shannen’s Dream Team from the National Capital region. Seven area students spoke of their journey of activism, inspired by First Nation youth Shannen Koustachen of Attawapiskat. Continue reading Young leaders take the helm at Covenant Chain V
We have received the news that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Detroit will be presenting POH for Native American Month in November.
Jay Jones, of Potawatomi and Ojibwa decent, is a Senior Designer and co-chair of the First Nations Group at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. He tells us, “We are in a building that has 16,000 people on any given day. I hope we have to turn people away.”
The event will most certainly be an eye-opener for most, but will have special significance for Jay. Susie Jones, Jay’s mother, is the honoured guest. As an IRS survivor, Susie will share her story as gestures of reconciliation are created to honour those who did not. Continue reading Chrysler Corporation in the Motor City to welcome Project of Heart
Under the leadership of teacher Chelsea Prince, Salmon Arm Secondary completed Project of Heart by commemorating the students who attended Anahim IRS and St. George’s IRS, both in British Columbia.
Teaching this painful part of Canadian history was taken to heart by Salmon Arm students, as their heart-felt reflections (below the bump) so aptly demonstrate.
Project of Heart is grateful to the students and Ms. Prince for the effort that was taken to learn about this under-taught part of our shared history. Meegwetch. Continue reading Salmon Arm Secondary remembers the lost children of Anahim and St. George’s
Harmony House is a transition home for women surviving domestic violence, and recently resident Helen Kakekapetum, an IRS suvivor from McIntosh IRS in Ontario, requested that Project of Heart be invited into the circle for two workshops to raise awareness among the women of the impact that residential schools had and continues to have. Continue reading Ottawa’s Harmony House invites POH to join the circle
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.
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
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
This past week National Coordinator Charlene Bearhead received this wonderful report from Lethbridge’s Shelley Kirkvold, teacher and recent first-time partner with Project of Heart: Continue reading P.O.H. “wonderful addition” to Lethbridge’s Catholic Central High School