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.