Two high school history teachers from the Ottawa Carleton District School Board recently brought Project of Heart to 60 students from across the National Capital area who had gathered to learn about genocide.
Kim Bruton and Amanda Anderson were presenting at the 3rd annual National Day of Remembrance and Action on Mass Atrocities Youth Conference at Carleton University in Ottawa. Project of Heart was invited to be part of the day’s program in order to recognize the Indian Residential School era and the vast number of Indigenous children affected by Canada’s “hidden genocide” – a cultural genocide which was meant to “kill the Indian within the child”, and that all too often killed the child as well. Continue reading Project of Heart a valuable resource for Day of Remembrance and Action on Mass Atrocities Youth Conference
Within the native spirituality unit for the grade 11 “World Religions” class, the students at École secondaire catholique Jeunesse-Nord in Blind River, Ontario discovered the history and the impact of the residential school system in Canada for First nations people of the pass and of today.
By listening to survivor’s testimonies and watching the documentary We were children, the group was overwhelmed by the injustice and abuse that occurred within these schools.
By creating the commemoration exhibit, the students hope to share their knowledge of the residential schools to their classmates and friends.
Earlier this week students from White Pines Collegiate and Vocational School in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario visited the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre.
During their visit the students spoke with residential school survivor Mike Cachagee, toured the historic Shingwauk grounds, and learned about truth and reconciliation in Canada.
The students also had an opportunity to decorate Project of Heart titles as a gesture of reconciliation.
Cross-posted from the Project of Heart National Site.
Recently French Immersion students from Lisgar Collegiate in Ottawa teamed with Project of Heart for the first time thanks to Genevieve Durand, a teacher-candidate from the University of Ottawa.
Genevieve invited Inuk Indian Residential School survivor Ovilu Goo Doyle to talk to her students about her experiences. Another IRS Survivor, Helen Kakekaputum was also in attendance with her sister, Alice. Algonquin Elder Annie St. George conducted a smudging ceremony. As the social justice action, students learned about the First Nations Child and Family Caring society’s case before the Human Rights Tribunal and sent letters to the Prime Minister to ask that Canada lives up to our responsibility to care for First Nations children to the same extent that all other Canadian children are cared for, in health, education, and child welfare.
Here’s what Genevieve had to say, en Francais:
J’ai décidé de sensibiliser mes élèves à la réalité des communautés autochtones du Canada. Trop souvent oubliés dans l’histoire de notre pays et sans aucun doute laisser dans l’ombre depuis des centaines et des centaines d’années, les autochtones ont vécu de terribles drames suite à la colonisation de leurs territoires par les Européens. Traités de sauvages et perçus comme des enfants aux yeux du gouvernement, ils ont été contraint d’envoyer leurs enfants dans les pensionnats afin de les rendre “civilisés”. Ce que les enfants ont vécu dans ces endroits remplis de haine et inimaginable. Aujourd’hui, la vérité doit être dévoilée et en tant qu’enseignante c’est mon devoir de sensibiliser mes élèves à cette triste réalité. Ensemble, nous pouvons faire la différence! Ensemble, nous pouvons aider à la guérison des blessures laissées par les douleurs du passé.
Le projet à Lisgar a été une réussite incroyable. Mes élèves ont grandit dans cette aventure. C’est maintenant eux qui feront LA différence!
I decided to familiarize my students with the realities of First Nation communities. Too often forgotten by the history of our country and no doubt hidden for hundreds and hundreds of years. The First Nations have lived terrible events since colonization of their territories by Europeans. Treated as savages and perceived as children in the eyes of government, they were obligated to send their children to boarding schools in order to be “civilized”. What the children lived in these places full of hate was unimaginable. Today the truth needs to be revealed and as a teacher it is my duty to raise awareness of my students of this sad reality. Together we ca make the difference. Together we can heal the wounds left by the pains of the past. Project of Heart at Lisgar was an incredible success. My students have grown during this adventure. It’s now them who will make THE difference!
Project of Heart says “Meegwetch” to the French Immersion students at Lisgar Collegiate, and their teacher-candidate from Ottawa University, Genevieve Durand.