Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Film Screening on June 23rd for Aboriginal Awareness Month at BVC!

The RGO Library and BVC's Iniikokaan Aboriginal Centre are hosting a National Film Board (NFB) screening to celebrate Aboriginal Awareness Month.

                                    Hi-Ho Mistahey!
Where - N124 (Lecture Theatre in North Campus)

When - Thursday, June 23rd at 1 pm

WhatHi-Ho Mistahey! by Alanis Obomsawin

This 2013 documentary film chronicles the struggle of the Attawapiskat First Nation to receive access to equitable education. 

Alanis Obomsawin documents the experiences of the late Shannen Koostachin, a high school student who demanded that the Government of Canada fulfill its obligations to provide a school for this First Nation community. The Attawapiskat First Nation school was closed due to a toxic spill that created health issues in the community and, ultimately, resulted in a lack of access to basic education. 

The film illustrates how youth on the reserve were forced to leave their community to have their educational needs met. After Shannen’s tragic death in a car accident in 2010, her community, and specifically her peers, took up her cause in her memory. “Shannen’s Dream” became her legacy and created a powerful youth movement demanding equitable access to education in Canada for all Indigenous peoples.