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"Trick or Treaty?" Cinema Night

  • Omineca Arts Centre 369 Victoria Street Prince George, BC, V2L 2J6 Canada (map)

Trick or Treaty? Cinema Night
Entry By donation
Refreshments available
Discussion period to follow

A Wideawake Indigenous Film Series Screening from the National Film Board

Synopsis:
This 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 the fact that youth on the reserve were forced
to leave their community to have their educational needs met.
In order for youth from Attawapiskat to obtain secondary level
education, they were obliged to move away from their
family unit.

Obomsawin uses the story of Shannen’s fight as a case study
of a young person trying to make improvements to her
community and bring awareness to Canadians about the
struggles of the First Nations.

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.

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Conscious Dance