Project of Heart was invited to the University of Ottawa this past week, and made a presentation to a class of teacher candidates enrolled in Dr. Patricia Palulis’ “Holistic and Non-Traditional Approaches to Education” course. Thirty-five keen educators were on hand to hear from Sylvia Smith, coordinator of the project, who explained why it is important for our learners to know about our shared history, and to understand the reasons as to why this history has been marginalized, glossed over, or not taught at all. Continue reading Ottawa U educators commit to “Walking the Talk”→
The department of Curriculum and Instruction and the School of Education and Professional Studies at the State University of Potsdam, NY, invited Project of Heart to their satellite campus at Dominican University College (Ottawa) to deliver a hands-on, interactive session. Under the guidance of Professor Shelley Jones, elementary school teacher Lynn Rainboth, shared her experiences with the Masters of Science in Teaching (Childhood) Program students. Continue reading SUNY Potsdam students experience Project of Heart→
The Friday Show is a project of Master’s students in journalism Carleton University; the show takes an in-depth at issues that are national in scope.
In this excerpt the Friday shows examines the experience of Project of Heart through the voices of traditional Elder Willy Bruce and student participant Violet Rosehart from Elizabeth Wyn Wood Alternate Site.
Also heard is POH coordinator Sylvia Smith as she indentifies what she believes is the “missing ingredient” in the historical narrative taught in our schools.
Click on the player below to hear the audio excerpt; it’s a concise piece that runs about three minutes.
Gabriel Dumont Institute visual arts instructor Christina Johns of the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP) had her pre-service teachers complete the tile decoration component of the POH module during the fall term of 2008.
The SUNTEP students brought extremely compelling imagery to the exercise which commemorated the students who died at the Lebret Indian Residential School at Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan. Click on the adjacent photo to see more examples of her class’s work.
Russell Fayant of the SUNTEP program and Christina herself have also responded through verse to the ongoing colonial project of cultural extinction, as experienced by their Métis community. Christina’s poem can be read here and Russell’s here.