A wonderful story from yesterday’s Regina Leader-Post, with video featuring survivor Eugene Arcand and Charlene Bearhead from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.
Teaching about the Residential School Era is still not a mandatory part of the Saskatchewan K-12 curriculum but thanks to the events of the day, 1500 students and teachers went home having experienced a crash course on Canada’s hidden history. The Faculty of Education at the University of Regina organized the day’s events and Project of Heart was also on the program; students decorated tiles as witness pieces.
Our thanks go out to Dean of Education Jennifer Tupper for taking the lead in organization a superb Education Day!
(Repost from National Project of Heart site)
The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair at the 2016 Woodrow Lloyd Lecture at the University of Regina
March 5-7, 2015
A youth to youth interactive forum exploring how to bridge the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Canada. Hosted with Children of the Earth High School in Winnipeg, approximately 300 youth from across the country are anticipated to take part. The target age is for youth between the ages of 15 and 29.
For more information about registration, or presentation opportunities, go to http://canadianroots.ca/national-conference
Presenter: Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Associate Professor, University of Alberta and Executive Director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
7:00 p.m. Education Building, Rm 106.1
University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, SK
There is a growing conversation about reconciliation in Canada and addressing contemporary inequalities and injustices facing First Nations children is a vital part of the conversation. Dr. Cindy Blackstock will examine how children and young people are working with First Nations to achieve equity and to uplift the country at the same time.
Refreshments follow the lecture. All are welcome.
For more information: http://www.uregina.ca/arts/public-lectures/lloyd-lecture.html
The Witness Blanket installation is now at the University of Regina campus (January and February). Instructors are invited to include topics of residential schooling in this winter’s courses. Please bring your students to view the display on the main floor of the RIC Atrium (between College West and the Laboratory Building). For additional information, view information below.
The Witness Blanket is recognized as a national monument that highlights the atrocities of the Indian residential school era. The installation honours the children’s’ lives and their legacies that were lost and untold within history. This profound installation has 887 pieces of artifacts that have been reclaimed from various abandoned residential schools, government buildings, churches, band offices, treatment centres, universities and ceremonial objects from across Canada. The artist, Carey Newman, states, “To bear witness is to show by your existence that something is true”. As a witness, you have the opportunity to become a part of the untold stories and to take part in reshaping the history of the Residential School Era.
The Witness Blanket will be showcased at the University of Regina in the months of January and February 2015. The installation is unsupervised and stands alone on the first floor of the Research and Innovation Centre (RIC). For further information about the project and artist, please see the following links below:
To create a foundation of knowledge for the residential school era, a suggested resource is the movie “We Were Children,” which gives first-hand account of personal experiences survivors endured while attending residential schools. Another resource is an episode of 8Th Fire called “Sacred Heart Residential School,” depicting the personal impacts of the disconnection children experienced from their communities and the hardships faced while in residential school. To view these videos and for further information, please see the following websites:
To further the opportunity for learning and discussion about the experiences of the residential school era, I invite you to have an open discussion about student perceptions and reactions to the installation. Here are some questions for debriefing:
The UBC Faculty of Education is delivering a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), a free 6-week course title “Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education” beginning January 27, 2015.
Please use this link to access the webpage:
For further details, please watch the related YouTube video:
The University of Regina Aboriginal Advisory Circle will be hosting the Witness Blanket exhibit January 5 – February 27, 2015
This large scale art installation is inspired by a woven blanket made from hundreds of reclaimed items from Residential Schools, churches, government buildings and traditional and cultural structures including Friendship Centres, band offices, treatment centres and universities, from across Canada. The Witness Blanket stands as a national monument to recognise the atrocities of the Indian Residential School era, honour the children, and symbolise ongoing reconciliation.
For more information see Witness Blanket page