Shannen's Dream - Timeline and Documents

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2020

March 2, 2020

Caring Society submits report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, "Canada’s Ongoing Racial Discrimination Against 165,000 First Nations Children and Their Families", for Canada's Fifth and Sixth Periodic Report.

2018

June 4, 2018

2018 Spring Reports of the Auditor General of Canada to the Parliament of Canada - Report 5—Socio-economic Gaps on First Nations Reserves—Indigenous Services Canada.

2016

December 6, 2016

The Parliamentary Budget Officer releases a new report on First Nations education, confirming the ongoing shortfall in Federal funding.

Click here to read the report.

June 2, 2017

Ontario First Nations Special Education Review Report released May 2017.

March 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 responses were received from across the province.

August 2014

Kattawapiskak Elementary School opens in Attawapiskat in late August, ending 14 years of children learning in portables.

2013

September 7, 2013

Shannen’s Dream documentary Hi-Ho Mistahey! premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Hi-Ho Mistahey! tells the story of Shannen Koostachin and the Shannen’s Dream campaign. The film was written and directed by Alanis Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki First Nation and one of Canada’s most acclaimed documentary filmmakers.

“Hi-Ho Mistahey” was a favorite phrase of Shannen’s. It means “I love you forever” in Cree. Visit the National Film Board of Canada website to learn more.

July 11, 2013
The Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) releases a report entitled First Nations School Infrastructure Funding Requirements: British Columbia.
 
This report responds to a request from a parliamentarian to follow-up on a 2009 PBO report, using new data to estimate the costs of First Nations K 12 educational infrastructure in British Columbia. This report uses information from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and a survey conducted by the First Nations Education Steering Committee and the PBO. 
2013

Minister John Duncan promises the new school will be open in Attawapiskat for the 2013/2014 school year. 

2012

September 2012

UN review of Canada’s implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Questions the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child will be asking the Government of Canada.