Social Justice Stories

building compassion, tolerance, and responsible citizenship through social justice narratives

Since the school in Attawapiskat, a First Nations community in Northern Ontario, had been closed in 2000, Shannen Koostachin and her classmates were forced to learn in few unsafe and poorly insulated portables while other Canadian children enjoyed comfortable, warm and safe schools.

Shannen was determined to be heard. Using video, the internet, letter writing, petitions, and demonstrations, the children of Attawapiskat were able to capture the attention of thousands. Shannen began publicly speaking, even joining the Aboriginal Day of Action on Parliament Hill and pleading her case to the entire country.

The Students-Helping-Students campaign has become the largest child led children's movement in Canadian history.