Project Of Heart

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Project Of Heart

Project of Heart (POH) teaches about the history of the residential school system in Canada using an artistic approach to commemorate the people and families who were, and still are, affected by this system. POH was originally created by University of Regina (U of R) graduate student, Sylvia Smith, as part of her Master of Education program as a way to address the lack of teaching tools on Indigenous history in the school system.

In January 2016, over forty participants from the Regina and university community participated in the first seven week workshop, led by Jenna Tickell, a graduate student in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the U of R. The participants focused on researching a residential school closest to their locale; for the group at Luther, this meant learning about the Regina Indian Residential School, located near today’s Paul Dojack Centre. The process culminated in participants painting tiles representing the children who died or who attended the school; these will later be used to create an artistic piece that will stay at Luther. Participants also committed to activist goals, including petition-signing towards the memorialization of the children buried in the school cemetery.

The inaugural program was such a great success that LCUR was proud to support its second iteration, which kicked off in January 2017 and runs through to the end of February 2017.

“I was given the opportunity to participate in an engaged learning component and I jumped at the chance because I knew that getting out and doing something would be more interesting and rewarding to me than hours of research on the computer. Although there were many options, I chose to participate in Project of Heart because Aboriginal history is a very significant yet often ignored part of Canada….This was a way for me to participate in acts of reconciliation and acknowledge past wrongdoings. Project of Heart allowed me to be part of a group with a shared goal and to have practical experiences be a foundation of my learning.”
Mirella Matenda, POH participant and first year Campion student enrolled in RLST 100

To learn more about Project of Heart, please visit their website at