A parent describes their experience with Roots of Empathy and the connection to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in this article for the Toronto Star:
My son’s Grade 3 class is participating in a Roots of Empathy project. If you haven’t heard of this before, it’s pretty neat. Every month, a volunteer mother and baby visit a class. Over the course of the school year, the class watches the baby grow from an immobile infant to a baby who can roll, crawl, cruise and babble. They form a circle around baby and mom and watch them interact. An instructor facilitates the children’s observations. Afterwards they complete activities. In school speak these are called “reflections.”
Kids call them “homework.”
The program is supposed to help students learn about empathy and it is used as an anti-bullying strategy.