CBC news story from Saskatchewan – explains how Project of Heart participants are honouring the memory of children who died at an early 20th century IRS by researching an unmarked cemetery in Regina’s west end.
The project has an impact both locally and nationally. Gauvin was honoured to see one student in particular hand Fred Sasakamoose his card, in person, at an event last week. “I’m proud of the fact that Moose Jaw is heavily involved in survivor cards because we were the first to start delivering or handing out the survivor cards through the Project of Heart in the fall.”
Josette Antone Dandurand held up three sheets of toilet paper.
Having to go to nuns as a small child and ask for toilet paper and receiving much less than needed for the job remains one of the humiliating memories from her nine years in residential school.
And it’s one of the personal stories the 70-year-old shared with Brookswood Secondary students during presentations to four classes on Feb. 14. The classes are taking part in Project of Heart, a residential school healing project that started in Alberta and spread across the country.
In an effort to examine and bring awareness to the history of residential schools and forced Aboriginal assimilation, Project of Heart visited the University of Alberta during International Week to spread a message of remembrance, healing and reconciliation.
An inter-generational and artistic collaboration of survivors, students and professionals, Project of Heart seeks to generate wider knowledge and understanding of the lasting effects of Canada’s residential schools and to achieve justice for the survivors of these schools — the last of which shut down in 1996.
As Charlene Bearhead sheds light on one of Canada’s darkest moments students of all ages look on.
They hang on her every word.
They hear about the atrocities of the Indian Residential School system as part of a large group of non-Aboriginal student’s participating in “Project of Heart” at the University of Alberta this week.
Most students in Alberta and other provinces learn next to nothing about the residential school system that was in place for over a century, with lasting impacts on First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities across the country. Now over halfway through its five-year mandate to document the history of Indian Residential Schools, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada seeks to change that.