Earlier this week 38 students Grade 10 students from Central Algoma Secondary School in Desberates, Ontario visited Algoma University to learn about the history of residential schools in Canada, the Shingwauk Indian Residential School, and Project of Heart.
The day opened with Survivor Mike Cachagee speaking with students about his experience attending three residential schools. The students also spent time with Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre staff, and took a tour of the historic Shingwauk Site and participated in hands on reconciliation activities including Project of Heart.
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.
Recently students from Central Algoma Secondary School (CASS) participated in Project of Heart during a visit to the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre at Algoma University.
As part of their visit to the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre the students learned about the former Shingwauk school, took a historical site tour, listened to Survivor experiences, and participated in hands-on learning activities.
The students also had a chance to see the Project of Heart: Children to Children Art Installation by artist and residential school survivor Shirley Horn at Algoma University. The students also decorate their own Project of Heart tiles as a gesture of reconciliation while reflecting on the residential school legacy.
Miss Hétu’s Grade 10 Native History class at Russell High School in the Upper Canada District School Board completed Project of Heart in mid-October 2014.
This was the the group’s first time participating in Project of Heart. Each student selected which Residential School they wanted to learn more about and focused on that school for the Project. For their social justice action initiative they decided to sign up with Shannen’s Dream and will support their campaigns.
As a gesture of reconciliation the class chose to do a tile commemoration. They put magnets on the back of the tiles to make them stick to the chalk board. We placed in the form of an Inukshuk – as one of the most recognizable symbols of Inuit culture.