Module 3, Post 2- Shannen Koostachin; Kids Can Change the World

The videos in Week #8; March Point Project, Fraser River Project and Allariarniq- Stepping Forward, demonstrated the challenges faced by your today as well as their courage in taking steps to make a difference. These videos reminded of the courage and commitment of Shannen Koostachin, a young girl from Attawapiskat First Nation who took a stand and worked on trying to convince the Federal Government for better conditions at First Nations School. Tragically, she died in a car crash at the age of 15 in 2010. Her dream has been an inspiration for First Nations communities as well as for non native communities to learn more about the educational conditions and add their voices to making a difference.

Here are some links to learn more about Shannen’s dreams.

Shannen’s Dream- First Nations Child & Family Caring Society Website

http://www.fncaringsociety.com/shannens-dream

Videos made by students to talk about educational inequality

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=111&v=tpK0tDKoMc0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHPHUHYq8A8

Articles about Shannen being the inspiration for the creation of a new superhero

http://www.yesmagazine.org/happiness/first-nations-teenager-inspires-new-superhero

Aboriginal Multi- Media Society- Article about Shannen

http://www.ammsa.com/publications/windspeaker/footprints-shannen-koostachin-youth-leader-led-fight-new-school-andchildren

Information to access NFB Documentary about how Shannen’s dream was brought all the way to United Nations in Geneva

https://www.nfb.ca/film/hi-ho_mistahey_en/clip/hi_ho_mistahey_clip2

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