Shannen's Dream - News

  • APTN National News: First Nations students in Thunder Bay raise money towards safe place to live
    April 19, 2017

    A news report released by APTN on April 19th : First Nations students in Thunder Bay raise money towards safe place to live
    Students from Thunder Bay, ON organize a spring carnival to raise money for a safe place to live for future students

  • CBC News: Shannen Koostachin, Indigenous education advocate, named one of 150 greatest Canadians
    February 14, 2017

    A news report released by CBC on February 14th: Shannen Koostachin, Indigenous education advocate, named one of 150 greatest Canadians 
    Shannen & her legacy earn her a spot on the list of top 150 greatest Canadians, amongst Terry Fox and Emily Carr, to help celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. 


  • Parliamentary Budget Officer finds shortfall in First Nations education
    December 06, 2016

    A new report released today by the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) confirms the ongoing shortfall in Federal funding for First Nations education. As stated in the report:
    "After comparing and analyzing data on federal and provincial education spending, PBO found evidence that INAC [Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada] funding mechanisms:

    • do not adequately take into account important cost drivers for band-operated schools;
    • favour students living on reserves who attend provincial schools; and
    • put band-operated schools in remote northern regions at significant disadvantage."

    Download the full report here.

  • Students and teachers talk about integrating Indigenous courses in curriculum
    September 26, 2016

    In this CTV News video, students and teachers talk about integrating Indigenous courses into the curriculum. 

  • Canada ranks 72nd in worldwide ranking of how well countries care for kids proportionate to their wealth
    June 13, 2016

    Canada ranks 72 on the 2016 KidsRights Index, a worldwide ranking of how countries adhere to and are equipped to improve children’s rights. Canada scored particularly low in the domain Enabling Environment for Child Rights, which considers factors like non-discrimination, enabling legislation, best available budget, and respect for the view of the child, among others. Learn more at

  • Youth share their perspectives on leaving home for school in Thunder Bay
    April 11, 2016

    During February and March of 2016, the Ontario First Nations Young Peoples Council of the Chiefs of Ontario conducted a survey in support of the Inquest into the deaths of seven youths in Thunder Bay. The goal of the survey was to learn from the personal experiences of First Nations youth, especially youth that have had to go to school off reserve. More than 100 young people completed the survey. Read what they had to say: Thunder Bay Inquest: Youth Voices Survey.

  • First Nations students get 30 per cent less funding than other children, economist says (CBC News)
    March 14, 2016

    First Nations students get 30 per cent less funding than other children, says former chief economist with TD Bank. Don Drummond counters Indigenous Affairs' claim that funding gap cannot be measured. Read the article on CBC News

  • "Remembering Shannen Koostachin and the forgotten generation of Indigenous children" on The Current (CBC)
    November 30, 2015

    Shannen Koostachin remains an important role model for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children and young people who continue to carry her dream for safe and comfy schools for all First Nations children in Canada. On November 27, 2015, Charlie Angus talked about his new book about Shannen and indigenous education on CBC's The Current. Listen here

  • Bracebridge students walk for equity for all students in Canada
    June 16, 2015

    Click here to read the article from Muskoka Metroland Media. 

  • *New* Upcoming Webinars for British Columbia!
    November 06, 2014

    Thanks to the Vancouver Foundation, the Caring Society will be presenting four (4) webinars on "Reconciliation and Citizenship through Shannen's Dream."


    The dates are:

    • November 20 at 10am (PST),
    • November 25 at 1pm (PST),
    • November 27 at 12pm (PST), and
    • December 11 at 4 pm (PST). 


    Click the 'Invitation Poster' for information on how to register. Contact if you have further questions. 


  • Students call on the Prime Minister to have a heart for First Nations children (audio)
    February 17, 2016

    On Wednesday, February 10, more than 600 children and young people from across the National Capital Region and beyond gathered on Parliament to celebrate love and fairness for First Nations children.

    The students read letters, and shared songs and poems calling on the Prime Minister and all Canadians to have a heart for First Nations kids and give them the childhood they deserve.

    Listen to their messages in this audio clip recorded and produced by journalist Michelle Bartleman. 

  • Letter of Support from OCDSB
    September 12, 2014

    A big THANK YOU to Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) for their continued support of culturally based equity for First Nations children and young people!

    Want to engage with your School Board? Click here to read the letter of support.


  • Child-friendly information sheet on First Nation Child Welfare Complaint
    July 17, 2014

    A new child and youth resource on the First Nations child welfare complaint at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal with information on how young people can get involved.

    Learn more at

  • Shannen's Dream
    Shannen's Dream in action!
    July 04, 2014

    Looking for ideas on how to put learning into action? Check out this amazing presentation made by students from St. Augustine CES on Shannen's Dream and their involvement in Our Dreams Matter Too. 

    View the presentation

  • New! Information Sheet: The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations Child Welfare
    July 04, 2014
  • APTN: Wait for new school in the Long Point First Nation goes on
    June 24, 2014
  • Read the Two Row Times piece on Our Dreams Matter Too in Tyendinaga!
    June 18, 2014

    Click here to read the article from Two Row Times on the Our Dreams Matter Too walk and event in Tyendinaga that took place on June 11, 2014. 

  • 2014 Canada Post Aboriginal Education Incentive Awards
    May 29, 2014

    The 2014 Canada Post Aboriginal Education Incentive Award strives to recognize and celebrate the efforts of Aboriginal students across Canada who are working towards realizing their potential through education.

    Click here for more information and see how to apply!

  • UN Special Rapporteur calls on Canada to fix inequities in First Nations education, health and child welfare
    May 12, 2014

    Read it here! Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya

    First Nations education, health care and child welfare are discussed under "social and economic conditions" (paras 15-31) and in recommendation 84.

  • Markham, Ontario, students learn about 'being the change'
    April 24, 2014


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