Shannen and the Dream for a School by Janet WilsonShannen and the Dream for a School by Janet Wilson

Shannen and the Dream for a School

byJanet Wilson

Paperback | October 1, 2011

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What makes a school? Is it four walls and a roof? A library? A gymnasium? What if your school had closed because of a chemical spill that happened 20 years before, and the kids in your town had nothing but a few portables to learn in? That is what happened in Attawapiskat First Nation, a small community in Northern Ontario. Shannen Koostachin was one of the students in those portables. Every day, she dealt with the freezing cold air that crept in through the poorly insulated walls, the small smelly bathroom, and the long walks between portables. She and her classmates asked themselves: Is this right? Does anybody care? Shannen, her friends, and her community decided to do something about it. They made a YouTube video about the poor conditions. They traveled to the country's capital, where Shannen made a passionate speech to the politicians telling them they were failing First Nations children, and not just in Attawapiskat. Soon they had captured the attention of children thousands of miles away who supported their cause.Shannen and the Dream for a School is the true story of Shannen Koostachin, her classmates, her community, and the movement to support First Nations children. Shannen's dream continues today with the work of the Shannen's Dream organization and children across Canada and around the world who are fighting for the rights of Aboriginal children.
Janet Wilson is an award-winning author and artist who is inspired by courageous young people. She is the author-illustrator of Our Earth: How kids are saving the planet, a Smithsonian Notable Book and winner of the Science in Society Book Award. Being an author and illustrator lets Janet combine her love of literature and art in creat...
Title:Shannen and the Dream for a SchoolFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 6.57 × 0.53 inPublished:October 1, 2011Publisher:Second Story PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1926920309

ISBN - 13:9781926920306


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! This is a great book to learn about the plight of the First Nations' People in the north and the types of challenges they face. Very easy language to read with children to help them see the discrepancies between how we lived in Southern Ontario and how they live on the reserves up north.
Date published: 2017-01-04

Editorial Reviews

This book should be mandatory reading material for middle school students. It is a gentle introduction to the way in which Canada has failed to live up to its treaty obligations.