In their words: Southeast Collegiate students

Participant quotes from the students of Winnipeg’s Southeast Collegiate were very powerful — and worth sharing here:

“When they started Residential Schools, everything was different. They lost a lot of hope. When our people went to Residential Schools, they were physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually abused by clergy and school staff. Today, many of the Residential School survivors have been drinking a lot. They still cannot stop the pain from the past.” Myrna F Continue reading In their words: Southeast Collegiate students

Tiles smudged at Ottawa high school

SmudgingOn March 20 residential school survivors and honoured guests joined students and staff at Elizabeth Wyn Wood Alternate School in Ottawa at the first-ever tile-smudging ceremony for Project of Heart.Our thanks go out to Lisgar Collegiate student Petra Smith who photographed the event; an annoted slideshow of the morning’s programme can be seen here. Continue reading Tiles smudged at Ottawa high school

Ottawa Workshop February 8

Project of Heart will begin its journey by traveling to the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec, as part of the OSSTF Professional Activity Workshops on February 8th.

A presentation on the project will be led by Sylvia Smith, a long-time teacher in the Alternate system.

Sylvia will demonstrate how this cross-disciplinary and collaborative endeavour engages students as well as staff in building a portable commemoration that honours the thousands of Aboriginal students who died as a result of the Indian Residential School experience in Canada. Discover how you and your students can participate.

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