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
Education Day at the recent TRC National Event in Vancouver was the scene as a Tsleil-Waututh racing canoe was unveiled that was made from over 9000 Project of Heart tiles decorated by students from over 250 schools in British Columbia. Continue reading Project of Heart, decorated canoe in the spotlight at TRC National Event in Vancouver
Project of Heart tiles were the inspiration for a jaw-droppingly beautiful ceremonial canoe recently unveiled in Langley, BC. More on the story — along with more images — at the Langley Teachers Association blogspot.
“During English Language Arts, the grade 8 students of Shaughnessy Park School learned about the Residential Schools. With the help of an education resource called the 100 Years of Loss, the students learned the History and the Timeline of the Residential School System. Students read heartbreaking Survivor stories and the class had emotional discussions throughout the unit. Continue reading Charlene Kantyluk shares that her grade 8 students from Shaughnessy Park School are excited to share a video that they produced after learning about the IRS system in Canada.
Thanks to teacher Jean Moir and Aboriginal Support Worker Tara Helps, learners from Grade 4 through Grade 6 at Langley Meadows Community School (BC) had the chance to partner with Project of Heart this past term. They responded by giving heartfelt responses to their new knowledge of a what it meant for generations of young learners like themselves to be forced to attend the Residential Schools, now infamous for their “lasting and damaging impact on aboriginal culture, heritage and language”, in the words of Prime Minister Harper. The following document is a sample of those student responses: Continue reading Langley Meadows elementary students’ response: “Powerful and Compassionate”
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”.
Teacher Bert Redstone from Regina’s A. E. Peacock Collegiate shared this report with us — in 2012 his students remembered the children of St. Augustine IRS in Alberta:
This just in – a wonderful report from Grade 4/5 teacher April Waters from Winnipeg’s Heritage School — accompanied by a fabulous video by Winnipeg singer/songwrtier Harmony Parent (above). Continue reading “Residential Wreck” with Harmony Parent and the 4/5 students of Winnipeg’s Heritage School
Learners in the Halton Catholic District School Board (Ontario) will be able to look back on a memorable day due to Aboriginal Liason Officer Sherry Saevil, who took the time and the energy to make it possible for over 60 students from across the Board to learn about the impact of the Residential Schools on Aboriginal peoples in Canada.
Teacher Heather Poublon and her Native Studies students recently dove into Project of Heart to learn more about First Nation, Metis, and Inuit people’s experiences at the Indian Residential Schools. Creativity and excitement were the result in the classroom, as the students persevered in their attempts to get their local Member of Parliament to come to their school to address their concerns.
Here’s Heather in her own words: Continue reading Leamington educator “feels relief” at finding Project of Heart