Ottawa educators connect the dots with J4IW


Sir Robert Borden High School in Ottawa recently welcomed J4IW’s Jennifer King and Sylvia Smith as the two educators resourced a 3 hour workshop for a group of Educators and Ottawa-Carleton District School Baord (OCDSB) Board Employees who wished to know more about Canadian history.

The timing of the workshop was perfect; with the 10th anniversary of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society’s landmark discrimination complaint having just passed the day before, learners were “connecting a lot of dots” that evening.

Participants heard about Project of Heart and the significance of the small wooden tiles and the importance of action-based responses social, political, and economic injustices. Then participants walked down the learning path to realize how the trajectory of incarceration from the schools continues into the present, with Indigenous women and girls being used as fodder for Canada’s criminal justice system. Past indeed as present!

Participants then learned how to make “witness pieces” from their small wooden tiles. Beautiful necklaces that educate AND tell a story can now be worn by those who know that to make a difference, we all need to stand up and do what’s right.

#Waiting4UCanada photos (the social media campaign demanding Federal action on the Caring Society’s discrimination case) were taken and postcards made by Danielle Fontaine’s grade 5 class at Lady Evelyn Alternative Elementary in Ottawa, (Shannen’s Dream Club) were given to participants to fill out and send to Prime Minister Trudeau.

Along with these Ottawa educators, it is time for all Canadians to be aware that Justice for Indigenous children has everything to do with Justice for Indigenous Women. Become allies today and sign up as a witness at

The slide-show presentation of this workshop has been added to the Resources section of J4IW.