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Project of Heart

Mission statement from the website:  "'Project of Heart' (P.O.H.) is a hands-on, collaborative, inter-generational, inter-institutional artistic endeavour. Its purpose is to commemorate the lives of the thousands of Indigenous children who died as a result of the residential school experience.

It commemorates the families and communities to whom those children belonged. It is designed to bring awareness both to the settler community of predominantly European Canadians and communities of new Canadians from other parts of the world.

A key objective is to encourage “ownership” of this historic injustice by the non-Indigenous community. By doing so, non-Aboriginal Canadians can then be moved to take responsibility for the continued oppression of Indigenous people in Canada, and be inspired to take action.

P.O.H. also seeks to expand the opportunities available for the wisdom of Aboriginal Elders to be heard within Euro-educational/religious institutions. By joining with other groups who are making a space for Indigenous knowledge, insititutions can help to change attitudes and behaviours – hearts and minds – as Elders give voice to the traditions that were suppressed by residential schooling."

Related Lesson: Investigation into the History and Legacy of Indian Residential Schools in Canada 

1000 Conversations

Mission statement from the website:  "The National Day of Healing and Reconciliation (NDHR) and the Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) share a vision: by creating a movement to engage Canadians to increase the dialogue, level of understanding and sensitivity in the Canadian public about the history of residential schools, their resulting impacts and the need for healing and reconciliation. The goal of the 1000 Conversations initiative is to engage Canadians in 1000 discussions within one year on the topic of Indian Residential Schools and reconciliation".

Shannen's Dream

Shannen Koostachin of Attawapiskat First Nation had a dream: Safe and comfortable schools and culturally based education for First Nations children and youth. She worked tirelessly to try to convince the federal government to give First Nations children a proper education before tragically passing away at the age of 15 years old in 2010.  Now it is our turn to carry her dream forward.

See the Youtube clip about Shannen and her dream, and how she received a human rights award for her work on education and children's rights.

Watch and listen to students from South Africa (grades 10 -12) share their thoughts on the impact that Shannen's Dream has made on them.

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