Shannen Koostachin – Attawapiskat First Nation
The ground beneath Shannen Koostachin’s school in Attawapiskat was contaminated after a diesel fuel spill.
The building was condemned when she was in kindergarten.
Classes were held in trailers.
It was supposed to be temporary.
By grade 8 the trailers were broken, icy and moldy.
In 2009 Koostachin went to Ottawa and asked the Minister of Indian Affairs in person for a safe school building.
Conservative Chuck Strahl said no.
Finally one was built in 2014.
Sadly Shannen did not live to see it.
The 15-year old died in a car crash in June 2010.
Today the campaign for a better and safer education for all aboriginal students is known as Shannen’s Dream.