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  • Hi-Ho Mistahey! Now available online to schools and teachers through the NFB CAMPUS system

    March 04, 2014

    In this feature-length documentary, Alanis Obomsawin tells the story of Shannen's Dream, a national campaign to provide equitable access to education for First Nations children, in safe and suitable schools. She brings together the voices of those who have successfully taken the Dream all the way to the United Nations in Geneva. 

    Learn more!

  • Ben Calf Robe School in Edmonton screens Hi-Ho Mistahey!

    February 25, 2014

    Students from Ben Calf Robe Elementary/Junior High hosted 300 students for a screening and discussion of Alanis Obomsawin's film about the Shannen's Dream campaign for equitable education for First Nations children. Ben Calf Robe students also presented their fantastic Jingle Dress, and they screened a film about their Jingle Dress project for guests.

  • Over 100 people attend Hi-Ho Mistahey! screening and panel discussion at University of Alberta

    February 25, 2014

    On Feb 25, Alanis Obomsawin joined Cindy Blackstock (University of Alberta and First Nations Child and Family Caring Society) and Charlene Bearhead (Project of Heart and Education Day Coordinator for TRC National Event) for a panel discussion and Q&A on culturally based equity in education for First Nations children. Gail Gallagher (Master's student in the Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta) emceed the event, which drew over 100 people. The event was presented by FNCARES, with sponsorship from the NFB, the Faculty of Extension and KIAS (University of Alberta).

  • FNCARES presents Hi-Ho Mistahey! at Jasper Place High School in Edmonton

    February 24, 2014

    Students from the Leading Spirits Aboriginal Youth Council at Jasper Place High School hosted 150 students at two different screenings of Alanis Obomsawin's Hi-Ho Mistahey!

  • APTN coverage of Have a Heart Day

    February 18, 2014

  • North Bay celebrates Have a Heart Day!

    February 12, 2014

    This afternoon event, taking place on February 13th, will feature cupcakes, valentine making, traditional children’’s dance, Elder teachings and a whole lot of fun!
    Thank you to the North Bay Indian Friendship Centre, St. Andrew's United Church, and friends at Nipissing University for organizing this event.

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  • Have a Heart Day in Saskatoon: In Partnership with St. Mary's, the Indian Social Work class at the First Nations University is hosting a 1 hour information session about equity for First Nations children!

    February 10, 2014

    The agenda includes traditional singers and drummers, and an 8 year old singing O Canada! in Cree. Thank you to the child welfare class for your tremendous efforts in organizing this event!

  • CTV Power Play: First Nations Education Agreement - Cindy Blackstock and First Nations negotiator Bob Rae discuss the First Nations Education Agreement

    February 07, 2014

  • Cindy Blackstock & Bob Rae respond to federal government's February 7 announcement of the 'First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act' on CTV's Power Play

    February 07, 2014

  • A war of words around Jordan’s Principle: Bennett says ‘not paying is not an option’

    February 06, 2014

  • Celebrate Have a Heart Day in Kitchener at the Valentine's Day Social!

    February 06, 2014

    Thank you to Anishnabeg Outreach, White Owl Native Ancestry and Wilfrid Laurier University for organizing this fun family event in support of First Nations children!

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    February 05, 2014

    Portrait inspirant du mouvement populaire Le Rêve de Shannen piloté par des jeunes 

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  • Hi-Ho Mistahey! Available Online for Have a Heart Day!

    January 31, 2014

    Pour la Journée Ayez un cœur, l'Office national du film du Canada a gracieusement accepté de rendre disponible, en ligne, le formidable documentaire Hi-Ho Mistahey! d'Alanis Obomsawin sur la campagne du Rêve de Shannen.

    Célébrez la Journée Ayez un cœur en regardant le film avec votre famille et vos amis, ou en organisant un visionnement pour votre école, votre milieu de travail, pour un groupe de votre église ou encore, pour votre communauté. Le film est disponible gratuitement en ligne pour une durée de trois jours seulement: du 14 au 16 février.

    SVP partagez dans vos réseaux! La Société de soutien remercie chaleureusement ses amis de l'Office national du film pour leur travail acharné qui a rendu ceci possible.

    Voir la bande-annonce 

  • UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers) Canada and the Caring Society partner in Shannen’s Dream video project

    January 22, 2014

  • Urban Native Magazine blogs about the First Nations child welfare case

    January 14, 2014

  • Woman fights for her son’s rights at the Canadian Human Rights Commission

    January 10, 2014

  • Ottawa's legal bills mount over aboriginal teen's bid for care: Federal government's legal bill equal to almost 3 years of disabled teen's care

    January 08, 2014

  • Services for disabled in focus: Rights tribunal to consider how Ottawa funds on-reserve programs

    January 04, 2014

  • Peter Bryce and Duncan Campbell Scott: the road not taken on residential schools

    December 30, 2013

  • Time for Consistent Action: An Update to Amnesty International’s Human Rights Agenda for Canada

    December 18, 2013

    "This year Canada’s human rights record was up for review at the United Nations. But the government has dismissed criticisms made during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and made no commitment to close the gaps in human rights protection, says Amnesty International. These failings have prompted an update of the organization’s 2012 Human Rights Agenda for Canada highlighting issues that must still be addressed in the months to come".

    See pages 4 and 11 for mention of the First Nations child welfare case.

    Read the News Release

    Download the Report