Shannen's Dream - Timeline and Documents

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • June 11, 2012

    Our Dreams Matter Too, walk for culturally based equity for First Nations children.

  • June 2012

    Eight recommendations were developed in conjunction with an action plan. The recommendations include, but are not limited to: develop a strategic and transparent framework to allocate funds to enhance student success; conduct research on funding allocation methodologies, equitable to provincial approaches and accounting for cost-realities on reserve; ensure that future policy clearly defines roles and responsibilities within the ESE program; work with First Nations to improve culture and language retention; work with First Nations to improve accessibility for students with special needs; and explore the possibility of the incorporation of early childhood education and adult programming into AANDC ESE programming. 

  • February 14, 2012

    Have a Heart Day: a campaign to give First Nations children the same chance to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and proud of their cultures. Hundreds of students and supporters joined together on Parliament Hill for the 1st year.

  • February 8, 2012

    Final Report released by the National Panel on First Nation Elementary and Secondary Education. Read the report.

  • February 6, 2012

    Six First Nations Youth Ambassadors travel to Geneva to present to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. 

  • October 24, 2011

    First Nations Child and Family Caring Society & KAIROS release, Honouring the Children, a shadow report to the Canada 3rd and 4th Periodic Report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.

  • June 2011

    The Auditor General of Canada releases a status report noting that the federal government’s efforts to close the gap in education between First Nations and the general population have been “unsatisfactory”. Read Auditor General's the report.

  • April 27, 2011

    Shannen’s Dream Day of Action. Hundreds of students gather at Parliament Hill in support of equal educational rights for First Nations children.