Canadian Roots Exchange is honouring the life of Cree activist Shannen Koostachin by supporting fundraising efforts to install a bronze sculpture depicting Shannen wearing blue regalia in New Liskeard, Ontario in October 2015. Shannen Koostachin was from Attawapiskat First Nation and a fierce advocate for “safe and comfy schools” for First Nations youth across Canada.
Shannen worked tirelessly to try to convince the Federal government to give First Nations children a proper education before tragically passing away at the age of 15 years old in 2010. Named in her memory, the campaign Shannen’s Dream engages Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples to better understand the education inequities and to take action to ensure all First Nations children and young people attend good schools and receive a proper education that prepares them to achieve their dreams and be proud of their distinct cultures and languages.
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