Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

First Nation Communities Read picks Shannen and the Dream for a School

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Shannen and the Dream for a School by Janet Wilson

Second Story Press is pleased to announce that Shannen and the Dream for a School by Janet Wilson has been chosen for the 2012-2013 First Nation Communities Read program.

June is National Aboriginal History Month and today, June 21, is National Aboriginal Day. To celebrate, Janet Wilson will begin her First Nation Communities Read visit with an afternoon “Meet the Author” event hosted by the Chippewas of the Thames Library and Resource Centre at the Chippewas Family Gathering and Pow Wow. Tomorrow will see two presentations hosted by the Six Nations Public Library at Emily C. General School (Six Nations of the Grand River).

Shannen and the Dream for a School is the true account of Shannen Koosstachin, the people of Attawapiskat and an ongoing fight for a new school.

In 1979, a fuel leak contaminated the school in Attawapiskat, a Cree community in northern Ontario. In 2008, after years of the community’s children attending school in woefully inadequate portables, 13-year-old Shannen and her friends decided to challenge the situation. With the support of Shannen and her fellow students, they turned a grade-eight class trip into a visit to Ottawa to speak to the federal government. They made a YouTube video describing the poor conditions and won attention and support locally and across Canada.

A six-member jury of librarians from First Nations public libraries in Ontario, with coordination support from Southern Ontario Library Service, made the 2012-2013 First Nation Communities Read selection from 38 children’s titles submitted by 18 publishers across Canada.

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