“this type of programming is essential....”

"I believe that this type of programming is essential for school boards across Canada to begin implementing. It assists teachers in learning new ways of engagement, and encourages students to challenge themselves to learn and understand concepts in a different way. I would highly recommend this program for any school."

Kim Telizyn, Teacher - Fort St. John, BC

“I would move mountains to have this dynamic team back in my school.”

"We were not really sure how our students would respond to a project involving singing and recording songs.  The Darkspark team were so great and professional. They were able to help our students out of their shells and help them find a voice that was hiding within.  The students are so proud of what they accomplished...I would move mountains to have this dynamic team back in my school"

— Bernadette Marie,  Principal - Gudangaay Tiaats'gnaa Naay School, Haida Gwaii, BC


"I'm excited about the organization, the work that it does and can't speak highly enough about the caliber and integrity of its work." 

- Jean-Paul Restoule, Associate Professor, Aboriginal Education - Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto)


“the production value of the recording and the impact of the songs were outstanding”

“…I am so impressed by the songs you created with the students. The high caliber of their song writing, and the content of the lyrics were very moving. The production values of the recording and the impact of the songs were outstanding.  You both have fantastic creative and intuitive skills to offer in the classroom and are natural arts educators. Thank you both for going above and beyond the call of duty and for so positively impacting the lives of those students.”

— John Scully - Royal Conservatory of Music

“Rarely have I seen a group of grade 8 students so focused and participatory in a lesson.”

"It was such a pleasure to watch D’Ari & Melissa work with the students at Quinte Mohawk.  Rarely have I seen a group of grade eights so focused and participatory in a lesson. The teacher and the Principal were thrilled with the program and the success that it brought to all students.  It was clearly apparent that you had won the respect and admiration of adults and children alike.  Your gentle manner, your obvious creativity and your clear planning made this project highly successful and one to be shared with other students in the future.”

Adele Jeffery - Learning Through The Arts


“inspired to research and become personally invested in First Nations history"

"The students produced high-calibre recordings, artwork and reflections all rooted in curriculum. I feel this program helped students to connect to their studies in a real and enriching way - it inspired them to research and become personally invested in First Nations history."

— Jennifer Brant, Teacher - Quinte Mohawk School, Tyendinaga, ON

“My student's faces' light right up!”

"Darkspark's Four Direction Program had such a positive influence, not only for the students, but also the school and the community of Potlotek. While students had some general knowledge of Mi’kmaq history, the songwriting project pushed students to learn more and to research their history. Whenever Darkspark or the Four Direction project is mentioned, my student’s faces' light right up! The song writing and singing gave students confidence and helped them to get out of their shells!"

— Pam Basque, Teacher - Mi'kmawey School, Potlotek, NS

 


"...so much fun!"

" I'd like to thank Melissa & D'Ari on behalf of everyone that they worked with because they really are awesome. With them, history would've been boring as usual. They finally made history fun"

 - Grade 8 Student Reflection - Quinte Mohawk School, Tyendinaga, ON

 

"...the results were extraordinary!"

"...This program was facilitated at my school, Quinte Mohawk, on Tyendinaga Territory last spring with flying colours. Melissa & D'Ari did an exceptional job at engaging students in a creative and unique way, and the results were extraordinary!" 

- Kathleen Manderville, Principal - Quinte Mohawk School, Tyendinaga, ON