On the day before the Prime Minister’s official apology CBC Ottawa asked Project of Heart’s Greta Neepin and Sylvia Smith into the studio to talk about what the apology means to survivors and how the residential school era is being taught in schools like Elizabeth Wyn Wood Alternate Site.
The segment includes interviews with Wyn Wood students Violet Roseheart and Tommy Peacock.
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As part of Aboriginal Awareness Week, Project of Heart held a workshop for employees at Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada (IRSRC) and representatives from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Embracing the POH initiative, participants had positive comments on the workshop experience: “I learned that Canadians do care about history and how it informs the present” and “it would be great to see this in my son’s school” were typical of the responses the demonstration elicited.
Educators from the Ottawa area came together on May 10th to participate in Project of Heart. and learn about the impact of Indian Residential Schooling on various Indigenous communities in Ontario.
At the end of the day, Residential school survivor Greta Neepin arrived to smudge the participants and the decorated tiles.
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
Project of Heart paid a return visit to the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau on March 2 to witness the start of the Aboriginal and Church Leaders tour. After the national capital area, the tour will be moving on to Vancouver, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.
On February 8 Project of Heart was part of a dual presentation at the Museum of Civilization, made to an attentive group of Ottawa area teachers from a variety of subject areas. Continue reading Workshop News
Click photo for a ten-image slideshow of finished tiles as decorated by students at Elizabeth Wyn Wood school in Ottawa.
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.