Timmins-James Bay Lead Way To Historic Vote On shannen’s Dream”:
February 28th, 2012 - 1:47pm
After years of hard work, a New Democrat motion calling for the end of funding discrimination against First Nation schools passed Monday night with unanimous consent. The motion, based on the principles of the Shannen’s Dream campaign, moves Canada one step closer to ending inequality for First Nations’ education.
Charlie Angus says the fight for education rights was started by children in Timmins-James Bay. “The first schools to join the campaign came from the north. All students will benefit because of the spirited determination of young people from our own region.”
Charlie Angus, who has been involved in the fight for education rights since early in 2005, says this is an historic day. “Shannen Koostachin has effected change that will help students across Canada."
The NDP motion, moved by deputy Aboriginal Affairs critic Jonathan Genest-Jourdain (Manicouagan), calls for the government to declare that First Nations students have an equal right to quality education, and to work with First Nations leaders on an action plan that ensures students on reserves receive a properly funded, culturally sensitive education.
Angus says, after all the work and effort that’s been put into ending the shameful neglect of First Nations’ education, we are now one step closer to making Shannen’s Dream a reality.
“It’s great to see that we have all parties finally agreeing on this motion — it is now up to the government to live up to the democratic will of the House and actually implement these principles as soon as possible. We cannot let another generation down by not acting.”
Shannen’s Dream, founded by the late Shannen Koostachin, is a campaign focused on ending the funding discrimination faced by First Nation school children across Canada.