Shannen and the Dream for A School

Shannen and the Dream for A School

eBook - 2011
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"This is the true story of Shannen Koostachin and the people of Attawapiskat, a Cree community in Northern Ontario, who have been fighting for a new school since 1979, when a fuel spill contaminated their original school building. It is 2008, and thirteen-year-old Shannen and the other students at J.R. Nakogee Elementary are tired of attending class in portables that smell and don't keep out the freezing cold winter air. They make a YouTube video describing the poor conditions, and their plea for a decent school gains them attention and support from community leaders and children across the country. Inspired, the students decide to turn their grade-eight class trip into a visit to Ottawa, to speak to the Canadian government. Once there, Shannen speaks passionately to the politicians about the need to give Native children the opportunity to succeed. The following summer, Shannen is nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize. Her passion and that of the other students makes politicians stand up and take notice, and becomes a rallying point for the community and for the country.
Shannen will never see her dream fulfilled. Tragically, she was killed in a car crash in 2010. Her family, friends, and supporters are continuing to fight and to honor her memory as they work for equality for children in communities everywhere."--Pub. website.
Publisher: Toronto : Second Story Press, c2011
ISBN: 9781926920412
1926920414
Characteristics: 1 online resource (206 p.) : ill., map, ports

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magilan1234
Apr 17, 2013

This is a great book because in the beginning it sounded sad because her school got destroyed. But did Shannon give up NO. she engorged everyone and got her school back.

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magilan123
Mar 26, 2013

In the beginning, I thought it was sad, but how the book went through it got better I am really proud of Shannon for encourage others to help bring back her School. It is a very boring book but, it is still a good book.

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Rhea2003
Feb 19, 2013

Before I read this book. I knew that Shannen and her friends needed a new school, because there old school got destroyed. The learnt in a portable and very few learnt allot. I also knew that instead of going to Niagara Falls the went to Ottawa with the money they raised kids were laughing at the idea but she explained it to them and there parents. Very soon they got to go. When the reached there they made banners saying "Don't forget us" and "We need a new school". I really liked this book and it made a difference in my life that I am so thankful for a school.

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Carys0082
Feb 05, 2013

Shannon was so strong, but I can't believe she got in a car accident.

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SilverBirchTeam
Jan 24, 2013

Cool Author Fact: JANET WILSON ends each day in her studio painting still life or portraits from life.

SPL_Childrens May 25, 2012

Shannen Koostachin was another young Canadian who fought for the right to attend a “normal” school.
The remote northern Ontario community of Attawapiskat, home to about 2000 people, is situated at the mouth of the Attawapiskat River on the west shore of James Bay.
For years, Shannen and the other children of Attawapiskat had been hoping for a new school to replace their cold, overcrowded portable classrooms. In Shannen’s classroom, the day’s lessons didn’t begin until an old scarf was stuffed into the gap below the door against the frigid outside air that crept in everywhere. Students wore their coats and boots throughout the day.
Shannen loved learning – but not in the discomfort of the portables. Why couldn’t her community have a regular school – with a gymnasium, safe water, heated classrooms and hallways - as government officials had long ago promised? Didn’t they care that education is a key to surmounting the many problems faced by communities such as hers (such as high student dropout rates, unemployment, loss of hope for the future, depression, suicide and substance abuse)?
Shannon, her family, friends and community decided to act. They made a YouTube video. They traveled to Ottawa to speak to politicians, and their cause – that all children, including First Nations children, deserve an education - garnered national attention. When Shannen and her fellow student ambassadors went to the United Nations, the Attawapiskat School Campaign became the largest child-led children’s rights movement in Canadian history – and it finally met with success.
The new school in Attawapiskat, with a playground and athletic fields, is scheduled to open in 2013.
Tragically, Shannen will never see the new school. Returning from a trip to Ottawa in May 2010, she was killed when the minivan in which she was a passenger collided with a transport truck.
The touching story of Shannen and her dream is a true story, and author Janet Wilson has included a glossary of Cree words, a timeline and other helpful background information

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