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The Faculty of Education is committed to Indigenous Rights in Education: Enacting Our Responsibilities. As part of the commitment the teacher education program has been providing training to teacher candidates on Project of Heart and the Caring Society’s Spirit Bear Resources. Both of these classroom based programs can be resources as you prepare for September 30, 2023- National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and throughout the year.  

Anticipated Schedule:

  • 8:45 Introduction & background to Project of Heart 
  • 9:20 Travel by Bus to Beechwood Cemetery 
  • 9:40 Greeting by Elder & Reconciliation Walk & Project of Heart 
  • Noon Lunch (this is a shared lunch- we ask you to bring a bag lunch and something that you can share with 5 others) 
  • 12:45 Project of  Heart- Closing with Elders 
  • 1:20 Return to University-  Presentation by Caring Society & Wrap Up

This in-person workshop experience will provide you with classroom ready resources that will enhance your understanding of residential schools, their impact on Indigenous peoples and communities, and our responsibility to teach about this in our classrooms. 

We ask you to sign up as soon as possible so we can best plan for those who are interested in attending. More details of this event will be provided to participants early next week.  


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Lisa Howell

Part-time professor, University of Ottawa

Lisa Howell is an award-winning researcher and recent graduate of the Faculty of Education. Her work on the consequences of colonization and the goals of reconciliation earned her an award of recognition from the Canadian Association for Teacher Education (CATE). She emphasizes the importance of learning from Indigenous peoples, and argues that education must go beyond school curricula to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action. 

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Tracy Crowe

Program Specialist of Teacher Education

Tracy Crowe is the Program Specialist of Teacher Education at the University of Ottawa and is committed to honouring the calls to action from the TRC within teacher education. Originally an educator from the Ottawa Catholic School Board, Tracy has spent most of her 40+ year teaching career in inclusive education working in a variety of special education settings including the OCSB Student Services Department. In the past 23 years with the Teacher Education Program, Tracy has taught curriculum and inclusive education courses in all three divisions as well as being a professional inquiry facilitator and practicum supervisor. She coordinates the Professional Inquiry in Practice courses, is a founding member and coordinates several projects with the “Developing a Global Perspective for Educators” Initiative, and coordinates professional learning opportunities for the Teacher Education program. Over her teaching career Tracy has had a continuing relationship with the University of Ottawa as an alumnus, an Associate Teacher, an instructor in the Professional Development program, as a Seconded Professor, and as the Assistant Director/Program Specialist of Teacher Education. Her academic areas of interest include indigenous education, inclusive education, human rights, mentoring, and teacher education specifically in the development of attitudes, knowledge and skills for inclusive classrooms.

We hope that you will be able to join us. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Tracy Crowe ([email protected]).
Date and time
Sep 27, 2023
8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Format and location
In person
Undergraduate students