with the compelling text with First Nation, Métis or Inuit content
that has won
the 2012 First Nation Communities Read program.
program, as selected by the First Nations public library communities of Ontario, is . . .
Shannen and the Dream for a School
by Janet Wilson
This non-fiction text by award-winning author and illustrator Janet Wilson tells the story of thirteen-year-old Shannen Koostachin who in 2007 began her fight to have a new school built in her Cree community of Attawapiskat in northern Ontario. Since 1979, when the school was contaminated after a fuel oil spill, the community of Attawapiskat had been using temporary portables lacking heat and susceptible to mould as a school. Shannen and fellow students began the Students-Helping-Students campaign that included a YouTube video, visits to Ottawa, Facebook pleas and letter-writing, and became the largest child rights movement in Canadian history.
~ CONGRATULATIONS TO JANET WILSON
AND SECOND STORY PRESS ~
The following PowerPoint presentation, uploaded from YouTube, was produced by Shannen and her fellow students as a plea to Minister Chuck Strahl for a new school.
This documentary short, also uploaded from YouTube, covers Shannen's story in full as told by HeartSpeakTV.
Do yourself a favour and read Janet Wilson's Shannen and the Dream for a School for a compassionate and informative read about a poignant story of a community's quest for social justice.