Nishnawbe Aski Nation

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February 14, 2017


THUNDER BAY, ON (February 14, 2017): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox says the honouring of Attawapiskat First Nation youth advocate Shannen Koostachin as one of 150 Great Canadians is a fitting tribute to the teenaged youth leader whose courageous fight for a proper education helped secure a new school in her community.

“Shannen accomplished more during her short life than most of us can hope to achieve in a lifetime. She became a national symbol of perseverance and determination when she challenged the Government of Canada for a new school in Attawapiskat, and will forever be remembered as a champion for her community and the Nishnawbe Aski people. It has been five years since the unanimous motion in the House of Commons supporting Shannen’s Dream, and it is unconscionable that the education of First Nations youth is still being compromised. Shannen’s endearing spirit is an inspiration for all leaders who follow in her footsteps, and we are resolved to make her dream a reality by improving education opportunities and outcomes for our people. We are confident her legacy will live on through the success of future generations.”

Shannen died in a motor vehicle accident in 2010 at 15 years of age. A tribute to her memory and exceptional leadership is reflected in a commemorative monument unveiled on the New Liskeard waterfront in 2015.

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For more information please contact: Michael Heintzman, Director of Communications – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (807) 625-4965 or cell (807) 621-2790 or by email

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