Monthly Archives July 2016

We Need Your Help!

We are preparing to launch our first initiative and we need your help! We are collecting materials to ship to Attawapiskat to be used to make traditional ceremonial dress and other crafts. There is a great deal of artistic talent within the community; however, supplies are sparse due to the lack of resources in the remote location. Even ordering in supplies is cost prohibitive for most residents. We are putting a call out to the community, asking for donations of items to help the people of Attawapiskat express themselves through art and culture. The following materials are desperately needed: •
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Education in Attawapiskat

Education is an ongoing challenge in Attawapiskat. Only fifty percent of on-reserve aboriginals between the ages of 25 and 64 have completed high school. Additionally, just four percent have completed a university program. Kattawapiskak Elementary School Kattawapiskak elementary school opened in the fall of 2014. Before then, elementary students attended school in a series of portables 15 years after the old school was shut down due to a diesel fuel leak underneath the building. The new school was built as the result of a campaign started by local teenager Shannen Koostachin. She publicized the lack of educational opportunities for First
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Attawapiskat in Crisis

The Attawapiskat First Nation is an isolated community located in northern Ontario at the mouth of the Attawapiskat River on James Bay. Attawapiskat has a population of approximately 2,000 people, but lacks the resources necessary to properly support the mental and physical health of its residents. A state of emergency was declared in Attawapiskat after 11 people attempted suicide on April 9, 2016. Just two days later, a group of children including an eight-year-old were brought to the local hospital and assessed amid concerns they were part of a suicide pact. During March of 2016, there were 28 suicide attempts.
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