National Day Of Action For Shannen’s Dream: Angus Says Youth Response Is Amazing
April 26th, 2011 - 9:01pm
Students across Canada are participating in a national day of action to make “Shannen’s Dream” a reality. On Wednesday April 27, school and community groups in various parts of the country will take part in local actions to promote awareness of the need for equality in education for First Nation children. The highlight of the day will be a march of students from various schools on Parliament Hill.
Shannen’s Dream is a parliamentary motion introduced by MP Charlie Angus. It calls on the federal government to close the funding gap for First Nation students. Angus named the motion in honour of the late youth leader Shannen Koostachin.
“Shannen is a role model for young people across Canada. Both Native and non-Native youth look to her fight for a school in Attawapiskat as an example of how one youth can change the world.”
Representatives from Shannen’s home community in Attawapiskat will participate in the day of Action, but Angus says schools across Canada are also participating in their own events.
“We have schools in Timmins, Sudbury, Toronto, Brantford and New Brunswick participating. I was even talking with people in Boston who have heard Shannen's story and want to participate.”
The National Day of Action was planned with Aboriginal and education leaders from across Canada.
Angus will also be participating in the national media debate in Toronto on First Nations issues.