Photoset: All ages come together for J4IW at University of Regina’s Luther College
(Editor’s note: this article is cross-posted from J4Iw.ca)
University of Regina graduate student Jenna Tickell has a history with working for justice;
in fact, she’s the person the Regina Industrial Indian School (RIIS) Commemoration Association approached when they were garnering support to pressure Regina City Council to grant Municipal Heritage Rights for the RIIS. Once Project of Heart created the change.org petition with the assistance of David Owens, class member, there was no turning back.
Recently, with the support of her Masters Supervisor Dr. Brenda Anderson, Tickell organized a gathering of Regina community members ages 7 to 70 who volunteered to participate in a workshop held at Luther College at The University of Regina called “Justice for Indigenous Women.”
Two high school history teachers from the Ottawa Carleton District School Board recently brought Project of Heart to 60 students from across the National Capital area who had gathered to learn about genocide.
Indigenous Elders, Indian Residential School Survivors, Metis Fiddlers and First Nations and Inuit Singers and Drummers — they were all part of the program at Ottawa’s Immaculata High School Aboriginal Student Conference, organized by Immaculata teacher Debbie Tracy and the Learning Partner for Aboriginal Education for the Ottawa Catholic School Board, Carolyn Brambles. Continue reading Project of Heart workshop at Immaculata Aboriginal Student Conference→
On May 4th, Project of Heart was invited to attend a joint effort by the Durham District School Board and the Durham Catholic District School Board to the 4th annual Aboriginal Symposium aptly called “Spirit Calling Us to Share”, at the Education Centre in Whitby Ontario. Continue reading The Spirit Calling Us to Share→
An Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) professional development workshop at 440 Albert Street in Ottawa was the scene on November 25, when Project of Heart presented on how “emotional intelligence and cultural proficiency” could empower teachers to integrate the First Nations, Inuit, and Metis perspective into their classrooms. It soon became obvious that there was a lot of expertise in the room, and the lived experiential knowledge that participants shared with each other as they listened and learned helped the group to grapple with our ‘newcomer’ ancestral historical legacy. Continue reading Survivors share their stories with Teachers’ Federation workshop→
In one of its last community activities as an independent congregation before amalgamating to form Kitchissippi United Church, members of Northwestern United Church in Ottawa’s west end gathered in May to participate in a Project of Heart workshop.
Led by POH co-founder Louise Madaire, the group met to do some research and find out a little of the Unitied Church’s complicity in carrying out the government’s “genetic engineering” project. A map of the IRSs across the country show which denominations and which locations the schools resided. Participants then met on a second evening to decorate the tiles and decide on a social justice issue to confront head-on. Click on the image to see the photo set from the two evenings.