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WILL FIRST NATIONS CONTROL OF FIRST NATIONS EDUCATION HELP ACHIEVE ‘SHANNEN’S DREAM’?

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Originally published by VICE on March 3, 2014. Click here for the original. Shannen Koostachin was a vibrant and focused 15 year old from Attawapiskat. As a youth, her community’s school was closed due to an oil spill. As a teenager, she became an activist and fought for a new school building, and the broader quest of equal access to education for First Nations kids. Currently, reserve schools funded by the federal government get less money per student than provincial public schools. The graduation rate on reserve is typically half the national average. Shannen died in a car accident in 2010,...

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Debating with Stephen Lewis

Stephen Lewis paid me a great honour on Canada Reads 2014 by debating The Orenda with me in front of a national audience. We have become friends as a result.

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Spoken Word defence of The Orenda on Canada Reads

This year I'm defending The Orenda on Canada Reads. I opened with a spoken word defence. Check it out here...

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Nelson Mandela: Human Touch

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What I remember most about the day I shook hands with Nelson Mandela is not the firmness of his grip, but rather the power of his presence. In 1998, the world-renowned freedom fighter visited Toronto to launch the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund Canada. Before the public launch of his charity, the former South African president and his wife, Graßa Machel, took time to meet with a group of First Nations people. Most were Grand Chiefs and politicians, but somehow I managed to luck out with an invitation. Before Mandela came to meet with us, we stood around a nondescript conference room, joking...

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Canadians call on Feds to #HonourTheApology

For Immediate Release Canadians from many cultural communities call on Feds to #HonourTheApology to Residential School Survivors Unity across faiths and backgrounds in response to recently revealed “nutritional experiments” on Indigenous people WINNIPEG, MB (07/22/2013) - At noon on Thursday, July 25 at venues across the country, Canadians, newcomers, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples from all walks of life and religious denominations will reflect upon the impacts of Canada’s residential schools in a national moment of silence. In response to University of Guelph historian Ian Mosby...

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