Fourteen-year-old Shannen Koostachin launched a campaign to build a suitable
school for the children of the Cree community of Attawapiskat in 2008. Two
years later, tragedy struck when Shannen was killed in a car accident. Her
campaign became a national movement, bringing people from all walks of life
together to make Shannen’s Dream—the dream of fairness in education for First
Nations children, in schools that are safe and welcoming—a reality.
With the documentary Hi-Ho Mistahey!, Alanis Obomsawin brings together the voices of those who have taken Shannen’s Dream across Canada and all the way to the United Nations in Geneva, in a larger-than-life adventure.
In February 2012, a motion on education for First Nations children passed unanimously in the House of Commons. The voice of the children had been heard, and construction of a new school in Attawapiskat could finally begin.
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