All eyes were on IRS survivor Helen Kakekapetum as Professor Barbara Brockmann’s Education students at the University of Ottawa heard first-hand how Indian Residential Schools had affected Helen’s life from the age of four. Continue reading Teachers candidates get immersion course in Project of Heart
For the first time at a Kairos Covenant Chain Link conference, youth took over the plenary and guided the delegates through a session given by Shannen’s Dream Team from the National Capital region. Seven area students spoke of their journey of activism, inspired by First Nation youth Shannen Koustachen of Attawapiskat. Continue reading Young leaders take the helm at Covenant Chain V
Setting a Canada-wide record for POH participation, Ottawa teacher Michael Bernards sent in this report (below the bump) to document the occasion.
Our thanks also go out Thomas Louttit, an IRS survivor, who came in to talk to Michael’s students and to smudge the tiles.
What could be more timely and relevant, than doing Project of Heart in the “Creating Healthy, Safe, and Supportive Learning Environments” (PED 3139) course at the University of Ottawa?
This past week, 40 teacher candidates from Warren McBride’s class participated in each step of Project of Heart, learning the truths of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools. Continue reading Teacher candidates at Ottawa U get mini-immersion in Project of Heart
The “Have a Heart for First Nations Children” rally got under-way on unceded Algonquin Territory with Elizabeth Wyn Wood students in Ottawa joining up with Pierre Elliot Trudeau Elemetary School students from Gatineau, Quebec. Continue reading Project of Heart students brave the snow to speak out for F.N. children
This past term students from Elizabeth Wyn Wood in Ottawa took all that they had learned about the Indian Residential Schools to heart, when they decided to put their words into action and attend the annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil hosted by the Native Women’s Association of Canada. Continue reading Honouring the lives lost in Residential Schools means demanding justice for the Missing and Murdered
At St. Pius X Catholic High School in Ottawa, ON, the students of the NDA 3M class recently completed their Project of Heart adventure. It began with weeks of learning about residential schools and the devastating impact they’ve had on the First Nations, Metis and Inuit people of Canada. Many students described it as an eye opening experience, really putting together the missing puzzle pieces they had been searching for. At the same time, it was also a memorable and enjoyable experience for them to feel like they were a part of something larger and to be able to give back, through the survivor cards), to a community searching for healing.
Our thanks to Glebe Collegiate teacher Aneke Jansen van Doorn Cambell for this report; in it she shares the experience of remembering the students who lost their lives at Ahousat Indian Residential School in B.C. and the Federal Hostel at Igloolik, Nunavut. Continue reading Ottawa: Glebe Collegiate Aboriginal Awareness Day incorporates Project of Heart
Following through with Native Studies teacher Grace Lloyd’s initiative, teachers Leanne Schachow, William French, and Sandra Uniacke worked with their grade 9 and grade 8 students to learn about the Indian Residential Schools and its impact on Aboriginal communities today. Continue reading Rideau District High School, Elgin Ontario, remembers the children of Port Simpson IRS
Congratulations to Tanya Rafuse’s grade 11 students who partnered with Project of Heart this spring to heighten awareness of the Indian Residential Schools and to take action to address contemporary injustices. Residential School survivor and recording artist, Christopher Herodier Snowboy, spoke with students about his experiences. Through Chris’s witnessing, students were made aware that many survivors continue to live the losses that the IRS inflicted upon them each day. Continue reading Merivale High School remembers the Aboriginal students of Grandin College in N.W.T.