Teaching about the Residential School Era is still not a mandatory part of the Saskatchewan K-12 curriculum but thanks to the events of the day, 1500 students and teachers went home having experienced a crash course on Canada’s hidden history. The Faculty of Education at the University of Regina organized the day’s events and Project of Heart was also on the program; students decorated tiles as witness pieces.
Our thanks go out to Dean of Education Jennifer Tupper for taking the lead in organization a superb day of Truth and Reconciliation!
Editor’s note: This report from Saskatchewan teacher Lynette Brossart is one of the most thoughtful write-ups we’ve ever received. Touching and descriptive, we are reproducing it in its entirety — along with Lynette’s lovingly prepared image gallery, seen above — to show the impact of Project of Heart on a single learning community, and the amazing depth of that community’s response.Continue reading St. Luke’s Elementary: Extreme cold is no match for warmth of Elders→
Prairie South School Division, Holy Trinity Catholic School Division, the Moose Jaw Art Gallery and Don Mitchell proudly brought the National Exhibit, 100 Years of Loss to the City of Moose Jaw. On October 11, 2012, there was a private viewing of the exhibit for Residential Survivors. The event consisted of an opening prayer, a talking circle and bannock was served to the guests. Continue reading The 100 Years of Loss Exhibit and Project of Heart Arrive in Moose Jaw→
This past spring teacher Cyndi Lauze decided she wasn’t afraid to guide her students on a complex journey through Canadian history, challenging them with the “big questions” that children of settlers are rarely required to consider. Cyndi — from Saskatoon’s Silver Spring School– shares her reflections below. Reading them, imagine you are one of her students: would her unit on the Treaties encourage students to question the privilege settlers take for granted? Continue reading Saskatoon’s Silverspring School remembers children from Guy Hill IRS→
Just one week ago, Charlene Bearhead, coordinator of Project of Heart’s Phase 2, was in Saskatoon, host city of the 4th National Event, to spread the word to IRS survivors, their families, and communities, that Canadians are ready to learn about themselves…from those who know them best– Aboriginal people. The other message? Canadians who don’t know their shared history with Aboriginal people are invited to do so!