School is a Time for Dreams

School is a Time for Dreams

Mary the Bear would make a great doctor!

When I grow up, I want to be...

Every child in Canada has a right to education. Many First Nations young people do not get the same opportunities to learn or to achieve their dreams as others do because of inequities in First Nations education.

Provincial/Territorial education laws apply on and off reserves but the federal government is supposed to pay for education on reserves. If the federal government provides less money for schools and education then the provinces/territories typically do not top it up. This means First Nations children and youth across Canada get inequitable education just because they are First Nations and living on a reserve.

Shannen Koostachin, founder of Shannen's Dream for safe and comfy schools, wanted all children to live their dreams. School is a Time for Dreams invites people from all over the country to support equity in education for First Nations and all young people in the country.

Ways to Participate

  1. Print and use the "When I grow up, I want to be..." sheet (download below) and share it with others in your classroom or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtags #ShannensDream #RêvedeShannen
  2. Learn about Shannen's Dream in your classroom or organization (a Caring Society Reconciliation Ambearrister is a great teacher!). 
  3. Host a Shannen's Dream party!
  4. Host a teddy bear tea party and read Spirit Bear Fishing for Knowledge, Catching Dreams.
  5. Send letters to your elected officials and help raise awareness so that all young people in Canada can live their dreams!