Just one week ago, Charlene Bearhead, coordinator of Project of Heart’s Phase 2, was in Saskatoon, host city of the 4th National Event, to spread the word to IRS survivors, their families, and communities, that Canadians are ready to learn about themselves…from those who know them best– Aboriginal people. The other message? Canadians who don’t know their shared history with Aboriginal people are invited to do so!
On April 27th, Project of Heart took part in a student-led day of action on Parliament Hill to encourage the federal government to stay true to its promise to build a new school in the northern community of Attawapiskat and all First Nations communities lacking adequate educational facilities for their children. Continue reading “Shannen’s Dream”: a Day of Action on Parliament Hill→
An 18,549 kilometer walk around the Great Lakes came through Ottawa on May 20th. The goal? To call attention to the sacred gift of water and to raise awareness about the need to care for it.
Anishnawbe women, as givers of life, are responsible for speaking for, protecting, and carrying the water, for 20 000 kilometers–a walk to protect that which we all rely upon.
This year’s Water Walk “unites all the waters of our Mother Earth. Water from the vast Pacific Ocean, from the Gulf of Mexico, from the Atlantic Ocean and from Hudson Bay will be gathered in copper pails and carried by hand. (The walkers will converge on the shores of Lake Superior (on June 12).” Continue reading Project of Heart joins the Mother Earth Water Walk→
Editor’s note: This report reaches us from Port Perry (Ontario) High School teacher Nancy Hamer-Strahl:
The CBC was at Port Perry High Schools Thursday, March 24th and June 3rd 2011. They came to film our Grade 12 French Immersion History class and the Grade 10 Canadian History class participating in Project of Heart. The CBC was very interested in the work the student had produced. Producer Nathalie Bibeau had this to say about the documentary series: Continue reading CBC Cameras come to Port Perry for Project of Heart→
On 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→
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.